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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
My rifle is charged and in my truck in the garage, where tonight it'll probably be in the 30's to low 40's, and I was out tonight in 15 degrees hunting.
I've brought it in after hunting in the cold to no ill effect. I put a wad of TP or kleenex in the pan with the frizzen down on it as a way to catch some moisture there if it forms. If it's really cold (the barrel), I'll run my range rod down with a patch to sit right on the ball. That provides some barrier to the ball/charge from the bore, but the patch around the ball is a gas seal, so it should also seal against condensate if it forms. But when I withdraw the range rod, the patch will wipe out whatever formed in the bore. A toothpick in the vent would help, too, but i've never needed it.
I loaded my long rifle for the last day of regular rifle season when it was about 20-25 degrees in the morning, got into the low 30's before I came home. I just left the frizzen shut and put it up on the wall hooks where it lives.
A couple weeks later, I carted it off to the range, primed it, and shot it offhand at 50 yards. It went off like it was just loaded and the shot landed about 2" to the right of POA (wasn't my shiniest shot, but the gun went off fine).