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Bring it in or not?

Looking to hear what you do. When your hunting with the flinter and now the gun is cold, and still has a load in it. Do you leave it in the cold, ie. truck, porch, etc.. do you bring it in the house or cabin. Also how long do you leave your load in the barrel?
I know what has worked for me and I always bring my gun inside the house after the days hunt. I always leave it in the soft case to warm slowly so it does not condensate. I then take it out and wipe it down. I might even run a patch down the barrel. I don't like to leave mine out to draw moisture from the winter air.
I know some people that leave there loads in for a year. I try to only go a couple weeks or less if I was hunting in bad weather. I guess I like to know there is a fresh load in there. Plus it's fun to shoot and I don't mind cleaning it. Isn't the loaded blackpowder corrosive to the barrel?
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Re: Bring it in or not?

As long as you have a loaded clean barrel(not fired and loaded again) I see no problem with keeping it loaded.
I kept mine loaded for up to two weeks while hunting.I usually bring my gun indoors when i am done hunting for the day .I plug the touch hole with a tooth pick or feather and have never had problems with it going off when needed
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Re: Bring it in or not?

yep i dont shoot it off until its pointed at the animal im shooting. At the end of the day, i either plug the touch hole on the flinter or if im using an inline, i use an ear plug and put it into the 209 primer area and close the rifle up.
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Re: Bring it in or not?

i'll keep it in the truck loaded when it's cold so it dont get condo on it..........bob

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Re: Bring it in or not?

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i'll keep it in the truck loaded when it's cold so it dont get condo on it..........bob

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Amen...I never bring in from cold to warm. Leave in unheated truck etc.

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Re: Bring it in or not?

Looks like I'm in the minority here. I shoot mine everytime I'm done hunting for the day, then I'll take it home and give it a quick clean.

Several years ago I tried leaving it loaded. I hunted the entire season without firing it, leaving it in my truck when not hunting. On the last day of the season I finally had an opportunity; 4 doe trotted past at about 20yds. I pulled the trigger and was rewarded with the longest hangfire I'd ever experienced, at least 3 seconds between the pan going off and the rifle discharging. I was actually starting to lower the rifle when it went off.
I know guys do it every year with no problems, but I'll stick with playing it safe.

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Re: Bring it in or not?

I fire mine after every hunt.... and then clean it. I won't trust a powder charge... just not worth risking it IMO. That's me though. I know lots of guys will leave the charge in and the gun will go off weeks later, a year later.

But I have been known to be very different...

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Re: Bring it in or not?

I'm with Quack and Nuge. It is more work, but it is part of my routine.
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Untill this year Id empty it with a CO2. This year I brought it in and kept it loaded so as not to use too many CO2s Went to unload by shooting the other day in order to give Elisabeth a cleaning and it HISSSSSSSSSSed like a firecracker before it went off! Im glad it wasnt while a 14 point buck was in front of me slapping his knee and laughing!! Never again will I take it in and out of doors in extreme temps. I think Id rather be safe like GBJ says and unload every time with kids in the house....They know never to touch the guns and they have been great all these years but it only takes on time! It may be a little hassel but one regret Ill never have to live with!

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Re: Bring it in or not?

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I'm with Quack and Nuge. It is more work, but it is part of my routine.
On a 6-7 day hunt...thats a lot of smokin and needless cleaning!!

Absolutely unneccessary if hunting in dry conditions. Been using my program for 25 plus years & NEVER A MISFIRE. After a hunt & gun isnt gonna be used for a while...then i discharge but not every day when on consecutive day hunts. Just dont bring gun in from cold to warm & you will be AOK!

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