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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Took Friday off from work and took my new flintlock out. Decided to still hunt Nokamixen in 5c. Was there from 6.30 until about 10.30 and covered a pretty large area. Saw lots of signs but no deer.
On my way back to the car I decided to walk the edge of the field and some thick cover.....suddenly a large doe stood out and ran out about 20 yards ahead. Sadly I learned a valuable lesson.....I should have had powder in the pan shouldn't I. I had been talking to a guy at the range and he'd told me he only put powder in the pan when he saw a deer in order to stop the powder getting damp.

Well I certainly see the flaw in that strategy now

It would have been really nice to score the first time out but it was still a rush. Looking forward to the late season.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 08:35 PM
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Re: First time out

That's not a bad idea when it's raining or snowing, but when the weather is good, it's not really necessary.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 09:39 PM
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all i can say welcome to the world of muzzleloading aint it a great sport that why i love it

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 09:39 PM
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If you are concerned about safty,powder in the pan with a frizzen cover.I just carry powder in the pan at half cock when walking.

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Agree
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 10-24-2011, 10:25 AM Thread Starter
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Frizzen cover eh? thats probably going to be important in late season as well. I'll check that out. Thanks for the advice.
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Re: First time out

It is simply a safety item which can easily be homemade, and with a 12" length of rawhide shoelace, attached to the front of the trigger guard.

After you lose a couple, you'll appreciate the rawhide lace!

All my flintlocks have Siler locks and frizzens, so one frizzen cover serves the purpose for all my long guns. A loop on the end of the rawhide allows for easy removal and re-attachment. It works for me! Be safe and good luck!

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