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Rainy day question

What is the best way to keep the powder in the pan dry so the gun goes bang???

My neighbor told me he melts candle wax and drips it around the pan so no water can get it have never tried it but it may work.....
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post #2 of 49 (permalink) Old 09-05-2011, 06:56 PM
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they sell a powder in a little white bottle called rain coat you mix it with your pan powder i also cover my pan with a leather cover i made

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NEVER SEEN THAT WHERE DID YOU GET IT FROM
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I have a heavy duty cow's knee BUT if there is one drop of water that falls from the sky it will find your flash pan!!

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YA I HEAR YA ON THAT DAVE NEVER SEEMS TO FAIL BIG DOE INFRONT OF YOU AND YOU PULL THE TRRGGER AND GET NOTHING
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I read once where you can fill a small syringe with grease and seal up the pan once it's primed; never tried it though. I carry a silicon treated cloth sealed in a bag in my pack. When the weather calls for it, I drape it over the lock. I also sweep the old powder out and re-prime every hour or so. With a flintlock, there are times it's smarter to call it quits.

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My grandfather sweared by using petrolium jelly around the lock. Never tried it myself.

I will say this though. A few years back on the last day of the season it was really warm and raining hard. My neighber took his flintlock, and I took my shotgun for grouse. He said he just wasn't going to put powder in the pan until he was ready to shoot. I told him he was nuts, and would have to pull the pall. Around noon we were both soaked to the bone, and decided to call it a day. Walking out of the woods he stopped, and I kept walking. I just about jumped out of my skin when I heard BOOOOM.

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Dump the pan every hour, dry it off and reprime. Even if no direct moisture contacts the pan, a rainy day will ruin the pan charge. Dump it, brush it out, dry and reprime !

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.....We don't prime till we have a deer within range.

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If it is raining when I wake up-------------I go back to bed!!!
If it starts to rain steady while I am hunting-----------I call it a day!!
I use my cow's knee for those snowy Dec/Jan days.
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