I've got 7 Duskys (Blue Grouse) so far this season. The .410 makes it tough . I pass up more shots than I take. I've downright missed 4 so far this season. Had a real active morning this morning. Dog flushed 6, I took 1 shot and missed. Had 2 flush below us while the dog was working up high. I had 1 flush directly behind me while I was setting up for a shot ahead of me. Had 1 flush beside me while I was jumping over a creek . YEE HAW!
I've been doing great this year I went out about 6 times and out of the 6 got my limit 5 times which is 5 birds here (ruffed or spruce grouse) mostly ruffys except last weekend. I decided to bring the crossbow for a hoot, bad idea I ended up missing about 4 birds and seeing ten and loosing 7 bolts, bush is still way to thick for birdin with a bow. Plus I was using eastman broadheads. I guess I had a little too much faith in how good my shot with a bow is.
He's doing great besides the bitting the kids don't like it and Im getting sick of hearing them yell so its muzzle time for him but hes getting really big. Amazing dog though really really smart and learning quick already bringing birds to the truck for me. I also have alot of fun hunting woodcock they must be like your blue grouse really quick and always in thick cover. Good luck on your hunts man, keep me posted.
Anyone who shoots a sabot bullet has had the problem with loading the next round with a dirty barrel we have all struggled with it.
Between muzzleloader shots I have done some research and testing on my own to find out what works for me for the next shot. I have been using a product called bore butter and when the muzzleloader is just sitting around I leave it caked in the barrel for protection. Have also found that if I lube my sabots with bore butter they really slide nicely down the barrel....