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keeping powder dry

With the upcoming muzzleloader season and snow hopefully coming,just looking for some tips,how does everyone keep their powder dry?
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Re: keeping powder dry

There is a commercially sold compound to mix with primer powder to help keep it from becoming wet. Lycopodium powder used in Laboratories will do the same thing.

Draw a circle around the edges of the pan bottom of the frizzen and rub the barrel flat with a was crayon or piece of candle. It keeps water from seeping along the metal surfaces.

Then lastly a cows knee of lock cover that can be removed silently when game is sighted. usually made of oiled leather. Some of us keep our lock under the edge of a coat or vest when on stand.
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Re: keeping powder dry

I use a leather lock cover which I treat with mink oil or other repellent. If things get really wet out, I drape some kind of cloth or shammy overtop of my lock cover. Generally does the job. Oh, and i've taken a little duck tape and LOOSELY put over the end of the barrel. Like I said, LOOSELY, it's on enough to keep out the main water, but loose enough to blow off once shot. So far, so good and it's just as rewarding having your rifle go off at the end of a rainy/snowy day as it is shooting a deer. Always puts a smile on my face when she goes CHAAABOOOOOOOMM!!!!

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Re: keeping powder dry

I use this, 1 in a lb of 2f and 4f, Did not change poi and It works good in damp mornings.
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Re: keeping powder dry

So when using the cows knee or leather lock cover,is it tyied on so it will not fall off or do you just set it over the lock?
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Re: keeping powder dry

Yes some are tied on.

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Re: keeping powder dry

Had mine made a leather shop in Blairsville Pa. It has a snap to keep it on and a small leather thong that I tie to the trigger guard. I had it made from a suede like leather that really light and pliable. When it's hanging from the trigger guard you really don't notice it.
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Re: keeping powder dry

I usually keep my pan tucked under my coat if its raining or snowing out, but even if its not and is just really cold/moist out I dump my pan powder out about every hour or so and refresh it with new. May be a powder waste at times, but I would rather waste a lil FFFF than waste a shot with wet powder!
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Re: keeping powder dry

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I usually keep my pan tucked under my coat if its raining or snowing out, but even if its not and is just really cold/moist out I dump my pan powder out about every hour or so and refresh it with new. May be a powder waste at times, but I would rather waste a lil FFFF than waste a shot with wet powder!
Same here. Since my gun is never leaning against a tree and is always in my hand, I keep my hand over it to ensure It is dry, but swapping out for good powder is a safe bet and cheap method for me too.

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Re: keeping powder dry

I use a lock cover made by Leatherman, but I still change priming powder occasionally.

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