Originally Posted by Kaptin
This might be a stupid question, but how long can one expect to keep a cap and ball pistol loaded and still depend on it to do the job at hand? I mean like on the night stand or something not out in the weather every day.
Do you have to fire it and clean it every so often?
You often can leave then loaded indefinitely. I've seen one that fired after almost fifty years.
This does not mean it's a good idea. I've seen many others that were a complete mess because moisture got in and wasn't taken care of. You should always, without fail, clean any black powder firearm after firing, and when you're done for the day, why reload?
Moisture can get in, and if this happens it can ruin an otherwise fine day of hunting. It can also make a mess of the chambers of your firearm. Black powder does not behave well when wet, and even a tiny bit of moisture will rust and pit the chambers. Clean and store the firearm empty. You can reload when you're ready to fire it again.