I haven't hunted bears since I left Montana, 1974! Always saw lot's of them up there but seldom see one in Oregon. Even when I lived on the west side, just never saw them. And Oregon is supposed to be a better bear state than Montana!
I will be up in Idaho 15 May for spring bear and looking forward to it. It will be my first spring bear hunt so it will be a new and exciting hunt I am sure. Good luck on your hunt and hope to see some photos. I hope to post some photos of my hunt the end of May.
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....