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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-30-2019, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Newish to Flintlocks, ?

Bought a Flintlock off a member a few years ago and haven’t had the chance to hunt more than a day or two. This season I have been fortunate/unfortunate to still have a tag and a longer span to hunt.

With the in-line I dump every day. With Flintlock I’ve heard pull the ball, leave in garage between hunts(in-line guys I’ve hunted with do this a lot, C02 discharges, or fire and clean everyday. Where I am it wouldn’t be conducive to firing daily. I’ve read of ball pullers getting stuck or broken. It sounds like using one is more of a last ditch effort to pull a ball without powder. I’m thinking C02 might be the answer unless the ball doesn’t clear.

I’m wondering how you do it if you hunt a few weeks with a Flintlock and what makes sense.
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 12-30-2019, 12:39 PM
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I leave mine loaded, without powder in the pan all season. At the end of the season shoot it to unload it if you don't have a removable breech plug.

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I have one loaded in the garage and one in the truck. I will unload them on a deer or at the end of the season.
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Mine stays loaded until I shoot a deer or season ends.

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Mine stays loaded until I shoot a deer or season ends.
This.
Mine is currently sitting loaded (since October) in the second safe...
Hoping it gets unloaded at a deer in the coming weeks...
If not, at the end of the last day of the season, it'll get fired into a safe backstop and cleaned that evening.
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Actually, my smoothbore may stay loaded until spring when I pull the RB and load it with shot for spring turkey hunting.
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I never quite understood why some people choose to discharge the rifle with CO2 or a ball puller. Is there some major advantage to it? Either way the projectile is destroyed, right? All you do is save yourself swabbing out the barrel and a small amount of powder. Maybe its different with an inline or percussion rifle, but for me, the charge stays in the gun until the hammer falls on a deer or an empty water bottle at the end of the last day of the season.

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I unload my RMC every year with my co2. Discharge the load into a pile of old rags. Never damaged a bullet yet. Doc in Pa
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Mine's still loaded since October and hanging on the wall. I have a round, wooden toothpick in the touch hole. The fowler's still loaded from spring gobbler!
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I loaded my deer gun in January last year. Shot it in October. Boom! Not "ker-boom!"...not "clack fizz boom."

Just...BOOM!

If I'm hunting and feel twitchy about how damp it was, I'll pull the ball, dump the powder, run a few alcohol patches, and when dry, reload fresh. Other than that, I don't unload it.

I just got in from hunting. Put a wadded up paper towel in the pan (no prime), closed the frizzen with the lock on half-cock, put on the hammerstall, and put it up on the wall where it lives all the time.

I don't shoot it if it's not dirty. The ball will pull real easy and the powder will come out just fine. I will remelt the boogered up ball at my next casting session and make a new one out of the lead.

If it's dirty, I'll shoot it because at that point, I have nothing to gain from pulling the ball and the fouling will make it a bit tougher to yank a ball out.

I bring it inside daily from hunting. Paper towel, kleenex, or TP in the pan and closed frizzen. Store it horizontally. She's been fine when treated that way, even if it's bitterly cold out. I'll sometimes put a dry patch down the bore with my work rod if it's REAL cold so that if the bore sweats, I'll pull the moisture out the next day when I withdraw the patch, rather than ram it down to the ball by patching it after it sweats.
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