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When do you put your pan powder in.............

Just out of curiosity here.I've asked several others and got differing answers.Do you put your pan powder in first thing in the morning and close it or do you wait until you think you have a shot opportunity?
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Re: When do you put your pan powder in.............

If I'm hunting in the morning, I'll put it in the pan as soon as I can start to see. If I'm hunting in the evening, I'll put it in as soon as I would as if I'm hunting with a rifle and always check it periodically.

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Re: When do you put your pan powder in.............

I put my in when i start to hunt check it often
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Re: When do you put your pan powder in.............

Depends on the weather. Bluebird day, powder in the pan all the time. If its damp or humid, no powder till I'm pretty much ready to shoot. If I'm still hunting tho' I try to keep powder in the pan at all times regardless of the weather.

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Re: When do you put your pan powder in.............

I load the pan 2 grains when I start walking into the woods
I try to change the powder charge about every 1/2 hour on damp days
I always try to tap the powder charge away from the vent liner if I can before taking a shot.
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Re: When do you put your pan powder in.............

Many times im traveling in woods before light to my stand. I wait until im on stand before priming. If treestand...I wait until I pull gun up before priming pan. If stillhunting...I have pan primed. Also as a safety precaution...I suggest putting a toothpick in touch hole especially when pulling gun up in treestand. If gun would fall...there could be ignition pending angle gun hits ground..even if pan unprimed. One cant be too careful.

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Re: When do you put your pan powder in.............

I prime the pan just like I would load a modern rifle, Starting time, load pan, nice day just check upon occasion, damp day check and change as needed, rainy day I don't lift my leather flap cover to check unless I can get under cover, always seem to get a rain drop square in the pan otherwise.

I unprime, flip the frizzen up and lay the hammer down on a dry patch before crossing fence, log, slippery bank etc same as unloading a modern rifle. With precussion I remove the cap and set the hammer down on a dry patch covering the nipple.

As Loggy said even an unprimed flinter can fire if a spark dances into the touch hole.

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Re: When do you put your pan powder in.............

I charge the pan as soon as I load the main charge. Typically then, I walk to my stand. When I get there, I check the prime. I don't mess with the prime unless I move to a new place. Once I get to a new spot, I check th prime again. I don't like making unnecessary movements.

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Re: When do you put your pan powder in.............

As soon as im on foot and in the woods.
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Re: When do you put your pan powder in.............

Get yourself a frizzen cover. This slides over the frizzen and prevents the flint from sparking. Sort of like a safety for a flintlock. I re-enacted for many years and have been a safety inspector for historic weapons for many years as well. These are manditory in the re-enactment community. They should be in the woods as well.

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