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As some of you have probably noted in another post of mine, I have a Knight Wolverine 50 cal that remained loaded for over 3 years. It was kept dry and clean. Some folks had told me that it probably wouldn't fire, while a few have told me it "might". Now,.....I purchased this gun back before the 209 primer was "hot" for these, and it was set up from the factory for the standard #11 percussion cap. So, I bought a 209 kit and converted it over. TODAY, I took the gun out on the deck and sighted in on a stick of firewood about 55 yards away................SNAP!........Re-cocked and did it again.........SNAP! Then I noticed that the 209 primer was not getting "dented". I thought about it for a monent, and then realized that, somehow, back 3 years ago when I had cleaned it last, I had mistakingly put the old percussion cap firing pin assembly back into the gun!! I looked in one of my gun parts boxes, and THERE was the one with the "point"!(for that 209) When I switched them out, I sighted in on the same piece of firewood......BLAM!!!! Perfect ignition with NO hesitation and it hit DEAD ON! I'm thankful not to have had that happen on a monster buck, while at the same time, I can't help but laugh at myself..........Years ago, I was almost 'obsessive' about having everything PERFECT, so as to avoid mechanical failure......Now this...... lol I'm going to throw the old assembly away. By the way, the bore cleaned up like new, with NO rust or corrosion. I knew it would.......

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This is kinda funny

lol

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Re: This is kinda funny
tesoronut wrote:
By the way, the bore cleaned up like new, with NO rust or corrosion. I knew it would.......

Glad to hear that. Thumbs up

I wasn't so lucky after leaving it for three days and finally pushing through after a rain storm. NASTY rust ring where the pyrodex had been

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This is kinda funny

lol

About three years ago I had bought a new sidelock. I was so excited about shooting the first round out of it, that I had forgotten to ensure the packing grease was cleared. Thank goodness it was at the range. After 10 caps and scratching my head in dismay I realized what I had done. Ended up having to attach a CO2 canister to it and blow it out, ball, patch, charge, and grease! What a mess.

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This is kinda funny
jfrench wrote:
lol

About three years ago I had bought a new sidelock. I was so excited about shooting the first round out of it, that I had forgotten to ensure the packing grease was cleared. Thank goodness it was at the range. After 10 caps and scratching my head in dismay I realized what I had done. Ended up having to attach a CO2 canister to it and blow it out, ball, patch, charge, and grease! What a mess.

Yep, the black powder guns will make fools out of us sometimes, but we can't help but laugh at ourselves as long as no harm is done.....I miss my old sidelock Hawken that I sold about 12 years ago. It "tricked " me a time or two, but I killed some deer with it. Yes

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