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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-03-2018, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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Leaving Charge In Barrel

I'd like to know what most people do after hunting with their flintlock for the day.
1) Do you discharge the gun and clean it?
2) Do you leave the charge in the gun and bring it in the house?
3) Do you leave the charge in the gun and leave it in a cool area (like your garage).

Part 2 - if you do leave it loaded, how long will you hunt with it before you discharge it, clean, and reload (fearing that it may pick up moisture sitting around)?

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 01-03-2018, 01:02 PM
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That depended if I was upstate at a camp or I was doing day trips. For day trips I always discharge the rifle even though I don't have to. From the cold into a warm car is not a good plan because of condensation in the barrel. That and I am a believer that if something bad can happen, it will, so no loaded black powder in the car. If upstate we left our guns outside at the end of the hunt.

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I leave mine loaded during the season until I shoot it. When returning home, I keep the loaded flintlock in the coldest part of the garage by the door to prevent condensation from forming. I never had a problem doing this during our three week season.

Now, if I was hunting in damp conditions, I will push the load out and reload.
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I leave mine loaded all season, but usually that is not an issue because I hunt with a group and we put drives on all day giving most guy's a chance at a shot, I have shot 3 times this season but still no deer. First drive of the season on the 26th 12 guys shot and we got 3 deer.
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Leave it charged.

Come home, if I'm hunting again that day or first thing the next morning, I often just leave the rifle in the truck and the truck in the garage.

If not, I bring it in the house. Toothpick tight in the vent, hammerstall on the frizzen, and on the wall hooks it goes.

It goes off just fine when the time comes.
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Leave it loaded until my tag is filled or the 9 days are over.

We use ATV's a lot due to the travel distance up in the mountains, and the rifles are in hard cases that go into the truck at camp every night. Our sidelocks get an ear plug over the nipple and the hammer lowered down to keep out any moisture and flintlocks get a tooth pick plugged in to the touch hole.
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Cool - I leave mine loaded, labeled "loaded" with a toothpick in the vent and a rag over the frizzen. Now if it were damp outside, that's another story.

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I leave mine loaded during the season until I shoot it. When returning home, I keep the loaded flintlock in the coldest part of the garage by the door to prevent condensation from forming. I never had a problem doing this during our three week season.

Now, if I was hunting in damp conditions, I will push the load out and reload.
^^This.

I stuff a paper towel in the muzzle as a “loaded” flag and keep the frizzen open or clamped on a toothpick shoved into the touch hole.

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Leave it loaded unless I fire it and then it gets a bath.Leaving it loaded is no different than a loaded shot shell or rifle cartridge.
I normally leave them in my car,locked,so I don't have to drag in and out.I did try in and out of the house every day last year and saw no change in charge.Only place that powder can get moisture is thru the touch hole where air can get to it.
When brought inside we see sweat/moisture from cold steel and air contact.The powder is sealed with a patch RB on top and if you plug the touch hole with a tooth pick,etc it won't draw moisture from the air.
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I should have added, I put my the ramrod in the barrel of any loaded muzzleloader so that I know it's got a charge.

Damp weather, or any reason to think it may have been exposed to moisture, I pull the charge, wipe it out, and reload.
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