both of my T/C's shoot low and right on the first shot from a clean bore. I have to foul them.red oak said:My muzzleloaders are right on the money first shot out of a clean barrel so fouling shots aren't necessary. I do know there are some barrels that require a fouling shot. When I used to shoot at BP matches, most shooters routinely fired a fouling shot before shooting at target.
Inline- I dry patch barrel and fire two 209's before loading not so much for fouling but to ensure that the little hole in breech plug is open. Flinter- dry patch barrel, wipe frizzen and pan w/alcohol patch, load rifle, run pick in vent and good to go.
To answer your question gentleben, I would try snapping a few caps in your inline before loading, shoot it and see if it is zeroed. Firing a full load and wasting a $1 bullet would be a last resort.
I respectfully disagree. Many MLers are sighted in at the range with a certain degree of fouling irregardless of wet patching between shots. POA is effected when comparing a litely fouled bbl VS a totally cleaned bbl(w/ solvent etc).Sidney Smith said:I believe fouling shots are a myth, same as that old line about pouring your priming powder in a flintlock away from the touchhole. Another myth.