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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 12-31-2009, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Using a Compressor to Unload

I want to buy a compressor for working around the house but also want to be able to unload the muzzleloader with it. How many PSI's does it take to remove a charge from your muzzleloader? What type of fitting do you use?

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Your best bet is to probably do some trial and error stuff on your own. The variables are goiong to be great and probably depend to some degree on the caliber, the tightness of the PRB, the lubrication used, how much force was used to seat the load home. Whatever the case - make sure you have that muzzle pointed into a catchment to prevent richochets and to catch the ball.

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I think doing anything but shooting it or worming it out is asking for trouble......JMO

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Re: Using a Compressor to Unload

You can buy a remover that uses the pellet gun co2 canisters. They wourk well.

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Re: Using a Compressor to Unload

I've used a CO2 discharger in the past, they do work well.
I've never had much success worming them out. The puller usually just pulls lead out on the threads.
I read several posts in the past where members have suggested using a compressor and thought that as long as I was buying one anyway, I'd get some advice. Thanks for the responses so far.

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Re: Using a Compressor to Unload

I use the Co2 discharger-works great

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Re: Using a Compressor to Unload

OK,

This subject has been kicking around for a while so let me add my two cents:

1. I am not a fan of using compressed air to remove a charge for two reasons:

a. Controling the air is difficult and takes a good bit of trial and error. The Lewis and Clark air rifle only uses 8 pds pressure to fire a 65 cal. round ball at 400 fps. so I would assume a 50 cal with the wrong pressure could be deadly.
b. Air added to a charged barrel could contribute to the gun going off if you are removing after a misfire by adding oxygen to an area that may hold a spark from the misfire. Very dangerous!

2. I prefer CO2 because the dischargers are engineered to remove a charge wih non-lethal force and they are CO2 so they do not add oxygen to the barrel thus contributing to a possible accidental discharge.

For the $30 I would buy the CO2 and live to fire another day!

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Re: Using a Compressor to Unload

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b. Air added to a charged barrel could contribute to the gun going off if you are removing after a misfire by adding oxygen to an area that may hold a spark from the misfire. Very dangerous!
I use a compressor sometimes, that's a good thing to remember if there is a misfire. However, if the powder has been soaked in the water like it is recommend when you are trying to remove a misfire then that should not be a problem.

As far as controlling the air goes there are pressure regulators.

You had some good thoughts Grey Bear Jr that helped us remember safety.
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safety is never overrated

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