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Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Northern Berks County, PA
I loaded my deer gun in January last year. Shot it in October. Boom! Not "ker-boom!"...not "clack fizz 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.