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Another Buckhorn 209 question?

How many of you guys have had misfires or hangfires using this stuff? Im thinking of switching to it from 777 but i was reading the poor reviews on Cabelas and there are complaints of using the stuff in damp, humid, or wet weather.

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Re: Another Buckhorn 209 question?

Never had a misfire with Blackhorn.
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Re: Another Buckhorn 209 question?

only when i did not have the correct breech plug or did not clean it, did i have misfires. Whats the gun you use and how are you cleaning the breech plug, also what primers are you using?
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Re: Another Buckhorn 209 question?

I have used 777 in my Firestorm for years.
The only complaint I have is the powder is so fine that it comes out the touch hole when you are loading.
I put my pick in to keep it from coming out until I'm done loading.
Never had trouble with firing even when out in the rain.
I do fire it to unload at the end of the day and give it a thorough cleaning every time.
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Re: Another Buckhorn 209 question?

Going to use CCI primers. Ive got a Traditions Ultralight. I clean my barrel and breech plug using thompson centers foaming barrel cleaner. I also spray it down the breach plug pin hole and let it sit for an hour then rinse it out with water and run my flash hole pick thru it that i have for my flintlock then blow it out with compressed air.

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Re: Another Buckhorn 209 question?

I have done a lot of experimentation with black powder, 777 and Blackhorn 209 and have chronographed loads with each type and various projectiles (working up elk loads). I have a TC Omega .50 cal. For any given charge weight, the Blackhorn will shoot nearly 200 fps faster than 777 (BP is slower yet). If you follow instructions, shoot only .209 shotgun primers and keep your breech plug clean, you will never have a miss-fire (I NEVER have). My buddy has an Omega and complained of the Blackhorn not igniting. However, his breech plug was so gunked up he couldn't unthread it out of the barrel either!! I suspect that may be the problem with a lot of commenters on the Cabelas site. The Blackhorn is cleaner by far than either BP oir 777 as far as reloading and doesn't seem to move the point of impact around like when the barrel gets smutted up with BP or 777. For elk, I started with BP, switched to 777, then on to Blackhorn. Unless something else comes along, I'm sticking with the Blackhorn .209.
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Re: Another Buckhorn 209 question?

Hunted in some "teens" temps here in NY this year with my inline using BH209. No misfires for me. Make sure you use the hottest primers you can get. Also clean your breech plug with a drill bit like recommended on BH website. I did it to mine this year before starting using the BH. I always used foaming cleaners on my Encore and assumed I was good to go on the breech plug. I was amazed at the junk I got out the first time. I actually had to start with the next size down drill bit.

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Re: Another Buckhorn 209 question?

As Chumley said-
Hot primers (CCI Magnum of Fed 209)and a clean breechplug channel make BH209 work.

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Ditto on the drill bit. Amazing what hot water and solvents do not get out.
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Re: Another Buckhorn 209 question?

Never had a misfire in my T/C Impact using Federal 209A primers. Every 20 shots or so I take a 1/8" drill bit and by hand I scrape the carbon residue out of the breech plug. If that build up gets excessive, that's when misfires may occur. Switching from 777 to Blackhorn 209 was the best thing I ever did for my muzzleloader.

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