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How long have you left powder in your flinter?

If I don't shoot in a day, I'll leave my flinter loaded if I'm hunting the next day, but typically will either shoot into a tree or soak the barrel and push out the bullet after I get home. My father in law said that as long as he hasn't shot, he'll leave it loaded the whole late season if he doesn't shoot. This got me to thinking, how long will you guys leave your powder and projectile in your flintlock if you haven't shot it? I'm using 777 powder, not BP and shooting a TC Firestorm so it's easy to pull the plug and push the bullet out the end.

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Re: How long have you left powder in your flinter?

I've left a charge in the barrel from one season to the next and had no problems. I'll usually let the same charge in the barrel all season unless I get in some very wet hunting conditions.
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Re: How long have you left powder in your flinter?

Loaded my Firestorm on Monday and it is still loaded.Didn,t hunt Tuesday but hunted hard this mornin and goin back out soon.The longest mine was loaded was 4 days.Not because I wanted to unload it but it took me that long to get a shot.Barring no unforseen circumstances,I won,t unload till I shoot at a deer or the season ends.Which ever comes first,and lets hope it is the former.
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Re: How long have you left powder in your flinter?

I unload the gun at a deer, after hunting in wet weather or at the end of the late flintlock season...whichever comes first! I keep the gun in my unheated garage between hunts, never bring it in the house till the fat lady sings!

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Re: How long have you left powder in your flinter?

@G.O.B. How do you like your Firestorm? I bought a used Traditions Deerhunter last winter and I never put the time into prepping it and learning to shoot. For the amount that I paid for it, $50, I'm not opposed to buying another and learning with a fresh unfired model. The Firestorm has peaked my interest with the breech plug. Any thoughts?
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Re: How long have you left powder in your flinter?

Fired mine for the first time in three years last Friday. Hit about 3" left of the bull at 50 yards. Fired another 10 shots with PRB's and made some adjustments. Fired another 3 with the maxi-hunters and it's in the bull. Took it home and cleaned it....haven't charged it yet though. Probably hitting the woods in the morning. If I get wet or shoot at something and reload I'll unload it and clean it....if that doesn't happen it'll stay loaded until I shoot it next....either at a deer this season or next if I need to use the flinter.

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Re: How long have you left powder in your flinter?

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This got me to thinking, how long will you guys leave your powder and projectile in your flintlock if you haven't shot it?

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Re: How long have you left powder in your flinter?

ccall, my son has a deerhunt, as well as a friend of mine. both guns are the blued synthetic models. both guns shoot very very well.
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Re: How long have you left powder in your flinter?

I've left mine loaded for a year and so have several guys I know and they have all went right off ! I know a guy that let his loaded for 5 years and it went off !
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Re: How long have you left powder in your flinter?

I leave it in until I take a shot, be it a day or years, unless it was raining or snowing out and then out goes the powder.

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