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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-03-2015, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Damp powder?

Since I didn't hunt this morning I decided to pull my bullet and charge from wednesday morning. After I got the bullet out, I couldn't get a single grain of powder to come out the barrel. Only after putting the breech end in my cleaning bucket and pounding with my heavy range rod could I dislodge the powder. Thats the second time this has happened this season, I've never had this trouble before. I'm very particular and I try to do everything to assure that my charge stays dry. I always keep my gun in the truck or garage and I always keep a round toothpick in my touchhole. The only thing I changed this season was my bullet. I switched from PRB's to Buffalo Ball-ets. Could the lube on these bullets be contaminating the whole powder charge?

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-03-2015, 06:02 PM
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Re: Damp powder?

Could be the lube, also could be the temp changes from outside to a heated garage/truck creating condensation.
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Re: Damp powder?

i never trusted leaving the gun loaded. i just shoot it off at the end of the day and then run a swab in the morning before i load it again.

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Re: Damp powder?

Its likely just compressed...once I pull my ball-et I use my ball screw to loosen up the charge and get it cleaned out...usually have to dump and repeat a few times..
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I always thought it was more fun to shoot it off at the end of the day. It's not that big of a deal to clean it.
Takes 10 minutes at most.
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I always thought it was more fun to shoot it off at the end of the day. It's not that big of a deal to clean it.
Takes 10 minutes at most.
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Re: Damp powder?

At the end of the day,take a small piece of toilet paper, place it in the pan and close the frizzen. I do this even when I'm changing locations by driving from one area to another. The paper will draw all the moisture over night or how ever long you leave it there, forget the tooth pick.
If your hunting in damp conditions also cover the muzzle with a piece of electrical tape, don't worry, you can shoot right through it with no harm, the compressed air in front of the bullet will rip a whole in the tape before the bullet exits. Been doing both for over 30 years and have never had a problem with wet power.

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