I am a fairly inexperienced smokepoler (about one year) and I went to the range the other day to try out a few new things including a new brand of (American Pioneer 50 gr sticks) and a new barrel cleaning technique. The powder burned a LOT cleaner than Pyrodex but I got 3 misfires out of 10 shots. What could be the cause? I don't want to automatically assume it is the powder.
This is what the misfire looked like. When I fired the sound and recoil was much softer than normal and a thin stream of smoke shot out of my barrel, hit the ground at about 25 yds and bounced. I think the powder did not fire, at least not completely, and was pushed out along with the bullet by the explosion of the primer cap alone. Does that sound right?
My theories as to the cause are: 1) bad powder, 2) bad primer caps (I had spilled cleaning solvent on them several months ago but they still seemed to fire), 3) dirty breech plug (since the AP powder seemed to burn much cleaner I wasn't cleaning the inside of the plug as carefully, just making sure the hole was open with the breech hole pick), and 4) I tried cleaning the barrel between shots with solvent or alcohol swab then a dry patch without removing my breech plug each time. Maybe I left moisture at the base of the barrel or pushed too much gunk against the breech area?
BTW, shooting a CVA Accura 50 cal inline.
Any insights? Thanks!