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Do you have to unload muzzloaders every day

When muzzleader hunting with a modern inline, do you have to shoot the rifle at the end of each day or can you just remove the primer and use the prior charge for the next day. Obviously there is a safety issue but what does everybody do.

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Interesting question - I am anxious to hear the answer.

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Hello from Germany,

here you have to unload your ML after hunting because it is illegal to bring a loaded firearm with you out of the hunting area. So I unload in the mexican way - shoot it!

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I hunt with both modern inlines and black powder traditionals (caplock and flintlock). If I am not exposed to inclimite weather and I have not shot the gun and reloaded in the field, I unprime and leave the gun loaded. Have never had a proub with ignition even a couple of times that I forgot about the gun being loaded and discovered it 4 or 5 months later Oops! . Good safety habits are paramount here. I always check my ML before I load to make sure they are not already loaded (habit), "every gun is a loaded gun" (habit) .

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Same here - unless it was raining or snowing I leave it charged and just remove the primer (iaw provincial law).

I've had a three-day old charge fire no problem. Maybe after a week I'd think about changing it especially if it's been back and forth between the cold and warm house, but generally no.

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I agree as well. In Michigan, as long as the MZ is not primed, it is considered unloaded. As long as the weather is not raining, I have left the charge in for several days with no problems getting it to fire. This assumes that the barrel was clean to begin with. I would not leave a load in a dirty bbl.

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I sorta can't believe what I'm reading. Don't you think EVERY rifle should be unloaded when not in use? I for one do. Yes, I realize if the primer is removed it can't fire, but this somehow seems unsafe to me. Somehow the same as leaving your 30-06 loaded, but just putting the safety on (although not exactly, I realize).

Ok, off the soapbox now. If I've hunted with my smokepole and havn't fired it, which is most times, I just shoot it before getting back into the truck, up in the air, at a stump or whatever. Then get home and clean it, of course.

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I just shoot it before getting back into the truck, up in the air, at a stump or whatever

I would just make sure you're shooting a stump rather than up into the air. Allow it's a safer place to have a gun pointed when at the range or while around other hunters, it's not smart to ever loft bullets into the air where you have no idea where the bullets will impact.

Thanks all for the advice.

You guys talk about "if it's raining". How about if it's snowing? Same deal?

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I think it's VERY unlikely the bullet will come down and cause any harm, but yes, you're right, shouldn't do that. Also, I'll concede that it's probably less safe than leaving your BP rifle loaded.

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Like the others replies, I leave mine loaded unless it was raining or last day of season.

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I think it's VERY unlikely the bullet will come down and cause any harm, but yes, you're right, shouldn't do that. Also, I'll concede that it's probably less safe than leaving your BP rifle loaded.

Tell that to my friend. Back in the early 80's he was in a park down town drinking a beer. tt saying, I think I've been shot. He was told to get up and finish his beer. He was in fact hit by a bullet. Some idiot fired a 44. mag up in the air to celebrate the the 4th of July. The police were able to find he guy by the angle of impact. The bullet entered by his collar bone and stopped by his heart. SO yes it is possible to do harm.

Now if you are referring to a sparsley populated area the chance would be small, but non the less firing in the air is not a wise idea.

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