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Had a problem today

This is my first year I’m going to hunt with a muzzleloader. I’ve been trying to get it sighted in, last week I ran out of daylight on a work night. Today I took it out to my friends farm and got the first shot in. It was shooting high, so I adjusted the sight. Put a patch and ball in and wouldn’t you know it I forgot to put the powder in. UGH! So I took the ramrod out put the ball puller on and commenced to pull the ball out. It wouldn’t come so I worked at it some more. Well, somehow I ended up breaking the ramrod inside the barrel. I thought now what the heck am I going to do!!! I was freaking out so I called a friend and he walked me through shooting it out. I was amazed that sucker flew out of the barrel. Lol now I feel a little better now that it came out. My friend is going to bring a ramrod out for me tomorrow to use until I get another one. I found one online and ordered it. Lesson learned, the hard way.

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This is my first year I’m going to hunt with a muzzleloader. I’ve been trying to get it sighted in, last week I ran out of daylight on a work night. Today I took it out to my friends farm and got the first shot in. It was shooting high, so I adjusted the sight. Put a patch and ball in and wouldn’t you know it I forgot to put the powder in. UGH! So I took the ramrod out put the ball puller on and commenced to pull the ball out. It wouldn’t come so I worked at it some more. Well, somehow I ended up breaking the ramrod inside the barrel. I thought now what the heck am I going to do!!! I was freaking out so I called a friend and he walked me through shooting it out. I was amazed that sucker flew out of the barrel. Lol now I feel a little better now that it came out. My friend is going to bring a ramrod out for me tomorrow to use until I get another one. I found one online and ordered it. Lesson learned, the hard way.

Wow, that would about freak ya out, I'll say. Glad you got it out.
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Moss I'll bet every one of us has dry balled a rifle like that at some point. I know I have. Flintlocks can make ya nuts sometimes. And the learning curve is lllloooonnnggg.

Shoot a deer with one and your hooked for life. I was hooked the first time I got the dang thing to go off. Never looked back.
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and always, always drill and pin the end through the wood or whatever the rod is made from. that will save the whole end from pulling off! glad you got it out Moss.
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i found out early that flintlocks are not for me. i had two doe feeding about 50 yards out, i used a tree for support, carefully aimed, and heard pfffffttttt-ta, no boom. i waited in case of a hang fire and no boom. i figured i needed more powder in the pan....loaded that sucker and tried it again....this time i didnt hear anything, i just saw what looked like a bolt of lightning followed by what sounded like a cannon going off, followed by tons of smoke.


when everything cleared i heard some distant laughter. it was buddy who was bowhunting from a treestand almost 100 yards away. he said it looked like i blew myself up. those deer disappeared too. i have no idea where they went.
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i found out early that flintlocks are not for me. i had two doe feeding about 50 yards out, i used a tree for support, carefully aimed, and heard pfffffttttt-ta, no boom. i waited in case of a hang fire and no boom. i figured i needed more powder in the pan....loaded that sucker and tried it again....this time i didnt hear anything, i just saw what looked like a bolt of lightning followed by what sounded like a cannon going off, followed by tons of smoke.


when everything cleared i heard some distant laughter. it was buddy who was bowhunting from a treestand almost 100 yards away. he said it looked like i blew myself up. those deer disappeared too. i have no idea where they went.


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Didn't put enough dirt down...………………..

Saw it, right off...…………….

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Glad you got it cleared!!

In addition to having a ball puller...a handy tool for pulling a ramrod:

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didn't put enough dirt down...………………..

Saw it, right off...…………….

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i found out early that flintlocks are not for me. i had two doe feeding about 50 yards out, i used a tree for support, carefully aimed, and heard pfffffttttt-ta, no boom. i waited in case of a hang fire and no boom. i figured i needed more powder in the pan....loaded that sucker and tried it again....this time i didnt hear anything, i just saw what looked like a bolt of lightning followed by what sounded like a cannon going off, followed by tons of smoke.


when everything cleared i heard some distant laughter. it was buddy who was bowhunting from a treestand almost 100 yards away. he said it looked like i blew myself up. those deer disappeared too. i have no idea where they went. [IMG class=inlineimg]/forums/images/smilies/smile.gif[/IMG]
That there is funny lol
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