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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-22-2015, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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Problem of Caking powder in Pan and Flash Hole

Noticed that black powder would cake during the day -a day of damp, cold, snowy hunting weather.

Check the powder kept in the muzzleloader pan. Due to the wintry hunting weather it can cake and prevent of good shot. I would pour it out and put in new pan powder in the pan.

Black powder can also clump during hunting season, when it is damp, in the flash hole. I always carried a small tool to keep the flash hole open. I would keep the tool secured to a loop on my pants
The tool wss a Safety Pin. The kind mothers used to secure cloth diapers to babies.

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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-22-2015, 12:18 PM
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Re: Problem of Caking powder in Pan and Flash Hole

I guess I am one of the few that never had that issue. Maybe I am lucky with the weather but as for the flash hole is concerned; I use a split pin feather inserted in the flash hole when loading the main charge and this keeps the flash hole as clear as I can so that the flame from the prime has a path to the main charge. No problems after 30 + years.

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Re: Problem of Caking powder in Pan and Flash Hole

Try this for mixing your priming powder. Will pretty much solve the clumping problem. I've been using it for years (over 20 yrs anyhow).

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Re: Problem of Caking powder in Pan and Flash Hole

I too have never had a problem but I also give it my utmost attention especially in adverse weather.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-29-2015, 02:00 AM
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Re: Problem of Caking powder in Pan and Flash Hole

is the issue only after youve fired??? or even with a fresh charge and clean pan??

ive never had an issue with it drawing moisture when it was clean...

a fouled gun...absolutely..burnt BP is extremely...hydroscopic? i believe is the word im looking for...basically meaning it'll draw moisture...which is what caused the clumping and gummy-ness and charges not igniting or delayed ignition etc...when its extremely humid or wet out it'll happen after you fire..

to cure it i carry a pill bottle full of patches soaked in rubbing alcohol...

IF i am not in a rush to reload i will hit the bore and frizzen/pan/touch hole/flint with the alcohol drys in seconds and doesnt leave residue etc..

if its a hunting situation and i need to get reloaded i wipe down the flint/frizzen/pan at my first opportunity...

i am nuts about it...i will pull my bullet and dump the charge and clean and reload a few times a day on a wet day..but...when i need my gun to go bang i typically dont have an issue...
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