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unloading procedures while hunting

What's the best way, assuming you'll be leaving the area entirely (returning to the city), but coming back daily for a week?

Pull the bullet?

Pull the breech plug and ram the bullet?

Is the bullet ruined once it's been loaded?

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Location: East Texas
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unloading procedures while hunting

If you have a precussion rifle, just remove the cap. If you have a flinter empty the pan and place a frizzen stall over the frizzen. If the climate if really humid where you are you might want to discharge the rifle every day. In that case buy one of those CO2 dischargers.

When you say remove the breech plug, I'm assuming you have an in-line. I think just removing the cap would do the trick. I'm sure you could leave the same load in the rifle for several days without any problems. Here in Texas a muzzleloader is considered unloaded if there is no cap on the nipple or powder in the pan.

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Location: Muskoka Ontario
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unloading procedures while hunting
Ironwood wrote:
If you have a precussion rifle, just remove the cap. If you have a flinter empty the pan and place a frizzen stall over the frizzen. If the climate if really humid where you are you might want to discharge the rifle every day. In that case buy one of those CO2 dischargers.

When you say remove the breech plug, I'm assuming you have an in-line. I think just removing the cap would do the trick. I'm sure you could leave the same load in the rifle for several days without any problems. Here in Texas a muzzleloader is considered unloaded if there is no cap on the nipple or powder in the pan.

All that Iron wood said, pluse here we have to have the T/H plugged on a flint lock.
F.K.

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Location: Bavaria, Germany
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unloading procedures while hunting

Here in Germany hunters are not allowed to carry a loaded weapon at home, so all guns have to be deloaded before leaving the hunting ground. I always make a deloading shot at a safe direction.

Sometimes in this direction stand a roe lol

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Kirrmeister

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Location: East Texas
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Here a shot after dark might arouse the interest of the game warden. I used to discharge my Hawken, into the ground, each night. After buying a CO2 discharger the shot after dark ended. Here in Texas it's not against the law to have a loaded firearm in the home, but I don't

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Location: Southern NH
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Most places I've been consider it unloaded if there's no cap on the nipple, assuming it's a percussion cap gun. I leave mine with the powder and bullet in it all season long and fire it at the end of the season. You want to make sure if you hunt in wet weather to keep the muzzle dry. I use tape or saran wrap over the end of the barrel to make sure moisture doesn't go down the barrel and get the powder wet. If you think you may have gotten it wet, shoot it or remove the powder and bullet as mentioned above. Dry it out and reload the next time you go afield. That's my $0.03 (adjusted for inflation). Please bear in mind that just because you don't have a cap on it, it should still be treated as loaded, just like all firearms should be.

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I got to see one of those CO2 dischargers used the other week when my muzzleloader wouldn't discharge. What a great product! I'm definately buying one this winter. Very good product for obvious safety reasons.

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Location: Bavaria, Germany
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unloading procedures while hunting

Hello from Germany!

Until now I unload by shooting. I have no idea how it looks when a ML is unlaoded by CO2. Can someone please explain. don't misunderstand me. I know the function of the CO2 discharger, but don't know how it looks when it is used.

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Kirrmeister

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Location: Summit, IL
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Just blows the projectile and powder charge out at a safe velocity Kir is all... Nothing special... But definatly easier than a bullet puller or breaking down the weapon and opening the breech plug.

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unloading procedures while hunting

It's a small attachment with a trigger (the newer one), and a short air hose . Looks simular to a nice grease gun, only a heck of alot smaller. There are attachments you can get for the hose. The one we used was for a #11 nipple. You attach it to the nipple, pull the discharger's trigger, and POOF! Very easy. Very safe! Like cam said, nothing special, but it is alot safer if you ask me. Especially in my case where I was removing a shot that didn't ignite. I know it's relatively safe to say it's not a hang fire after so long, but I wouldn't want to be pulling a ball just to find that the powder was burning.

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