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Opening Day weather

Accuweather is calling for rain/snow up here in north central PA. Second year in a row. I've been waiting all year to break out the fainter. I hope it clears up. What are your tricks for keeping your pan dry on days like this?
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Re: Opening Day weather

Cows knee over the lock, check/change pan powder if necessary. Wipe pan with alcohol swab when I do refresh powder.

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Accuweather is calling for rain/snow up here in north central PA. Second year in a row. I've been waiting all year to break out the fainter. I hope it clears up. What are your tricks for keeping your pan dry on days like this?
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Re: Opening Day weather

Put a fresh coat of Sno-Seal on your calf's knee, and I do not check the pan powder, but instead try to keep the cover in place constantly, and the muzzle of the barrel angled toward the ground.

If you have a snug fit of frizzen to pan, checking the pan, dumping the pan powder, wiping the pan, and refreshing the pan powder allows rain, snow, etc. to have a clear shot at turning the pan powder to mud.

I do use an alcohol patch occasionally to wipe the frizzen face and flint edge followed with a dry patch. And, I keep my rifle's lock tucked snuggly in my arm pit with the muzzle pointed toward the leaf litter.

A time or two over the years, I've replaced a forgotten calf's knee with an inverted ziplock sandwich bag or bread bag. Use whatever works, keep the powder dry, and aim small to miss small. Good luck!

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Re: Opening Day weather

I carry the gun with the lock in my arm pit. check the powder and change often. when I get to my stand, I drape my coat tail over the lock. sometimes I will drape an extra glove over the lock. after a few years it all becomes routine to you.
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Re: Opening Day weather

Using a percussion helps.Cap seal nice and the calfs knee helps.Its not as traditional as my flinters but not as modern as an inline.
Part of the reason I don't like conicals is walking with barrel pointed down in rain and having it shift off the charge.

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Re: Opening Day weather

Calf's knee. I also use percussion, so I throw some tape over the cap/lock m. Not sure if it makes a difference, but it doesn't hurt either. Also throw some tape over the muzzle. Once again, don't know if it helps, but it doesn't hurt.
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Re: Opening Day weather

Calf's knee over lock if not tucked under arm pit and tend to keep muzzle down so water does not run along barrel into lock area. Also mix in some "rain coat" in my priming powder. Still change out priming powder every once in a while though. Has not failed me since 1990 and hunted in some pretty heavy rain over the years. Made a few bucks over the years on bets too when told "that da*n thing won't shoot in the rain" and proved them wrong at the end of the day

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Re: Opening Day weather

What is rain coat
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Re: Opening Day weather

Been using it for years. One bottle will last for years of hunting. Mix ratio is 1 part rain coat to 6 parts priming powder.

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