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Why fire in the air and take

Why fire in the air and take a chance when there is so much DIRT around you to fire into???

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Do you have to unload muzzloaders every day

Colorado regs say unprimed is legal for vehicle carry. Also, when we hunt were camped in the high country for the duration. The gun gets unprimed put in the truck in the evening and primed when taken out to hit the trail in the morning. Shooting it every night seems like creating unnecessary work and I like to keep the area as quite of gunshots as possible until your firing at game. I'd only unload if serious problem warranted it.

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Do you have to unload muzzloaders every day

The way I look at it an unloaded gun of any kind is a stick and a stick cant help you out very much.

In New Mexico you can cary a loaded gun with you as long as you stay out of the bars, schools and the postoffice which only make sense.
When hunting with a muzzleloader it is just what you feel good with, we just put the gun in the truck so the barrel dosent sweat and then change the cap in the morning.

We have a story like Ripstop around here where a man was working at a pumpjack when he thought he was stung by a wasp, turns out about a mile away 2 boys were shooting a 22 in a caliche pit when thay shot over the bank and hit him in the back of the neck. Shame on You! never shoot where you dont know your back ground.

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Do you have to unload muzzloaders every day

i have a break open ...so no big deal ..remove breechplug and push out the load ..oh yes i use T7 pellets so i don't get loose powder on my threads ..i save the bullet and sabot for target practice ..and reload with a fresh one...next day...sometimes i will let the load in if i go hunting the next day ..the MUZZLELOADER stay's outside locked in my truck ...

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Do you have to unload muzzloaders every day

I don't intend to open myself up for redicule, but that's probably going to happen, anyway, so here goes. I only hunt on my farm, and I've missed the last 2 BP seasons due to sickness. I have a very user-unfriendly(to clean) Knight Wolverine 209 gun. I've had this gun LOADED for 3 years....But before you laugh or comment, I'd like to share my 'philosophy" concerning the reason. I have had good luck with the Pyrodex 50grain pellets over the years, and when you get them, they come in a cylindrical tube. If you keep the cylindrical tubes dry, the pellets will stay fresh for years. The barrel of my Knight is also a clean, dry, cylindrical tube. I haven't had it out in any damp or rainy weather, and I always make sure not to go from one temperature extreme to another too quickly, to avoid condensation build-up. I'll be the first to admit that it's way past time to unload my gun, but it's still just as clean, dry, and rust-free as it was 3 years ago. ...................Just call me Barney Fife.... lol

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Do you have to unload muzzloaders every day

Okay Barney Laugh

You might be in for a nasty suprise when you do - the part of the barrel where the Pyrodex has been sitting for 3 years is probably pretty rusty right now.

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Do you have to unload muzzloaders every day
saskie wrote:
Okay Barney Laugh

You might be in for a nasty suprise when you do - the part of the barrel where the Pyrodex has been sitting for 3 years is probably pretty rusty right now.

...............Negative

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Re: Do you have to unload muzzloaders every day

I really don't want fire my gun unnecessarily and spook the deer unless I do not plan to hunt that land for the next few days. I'm also lazy and prefer not to do a full on cleaning of my ML if I don't need to. I remove the primer in the field which where I live allows me to legally transport the gun then when I get to camp I remove the breech plug and push the Pyrodex pellets and slug through. I save them separately for the range in case the powder got damp or I deformed the bullet with the ramrod.

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Re: Do you have to unload muzzloaders every day

If the humidity is low you can just unprime and call it good for a few days. High humidity (rain, the swamp, etc) better unload the powder.

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Re: Do you have to unload muzzloaders every day

got a 4 point this year with the load that was still in the gun from last year and this is south fl with the rain and humidity almost everybody i know here does the same thing as long as the barrel is clean to begin with leave it loaded inlines with 209s are hard to beat ..

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