Did in again !.............

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by 303tom, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Grabbed the .50 ML down to check it for deer season, (it`s still loaded) another whole year.............
     
  2. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Sounds like you need to start planting some rye grass to draw more jaywalkers in. :)
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    your leaving it loaded??

    you do realize that blackpowder has salt as one of its main components.

    it will eat out the base of the barrel over time. if its not got a removeable breech plug that practice can eat away the threads undetected until it kabooms in your face!!
     
  4. stag556

    stag556 New Member

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    That was the first thing that I thought when I read this post.
     
  5. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    I don`t use blackpowder in it !...................
     
  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    Pyrodex? That's what I can get around here. Is it easier on the metal?
     
  7. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Yes, & it washes out easier !.................
     
  8. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    It is highly unlikely that leaving the rifle loaded will hurt anything. It would take a very long time for B/P or Synthetics to damage 4140 gun steel.
    It would be wise to unload and prepare the rifle for storage. :)
     
  9. Hawg

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    That's not true unless it was fired first. I found an original 1858 Remington in an old barn once. All six chambers were loaded. The gun was in rough shape with deep pits in the metal from exposure. When I pulled the balls the chambers looked like new and the powder was still good.
     
  10. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Before it was loaded last it was cleaned had a cap fired through it, then loaded & never fired !....................
     
  11. Overkill0084

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    Fired a cap through it first, then loaded it? I'll play, what problem is that solution for? Admittedly, I'm not really well versed on some of the more intricate black powder traditions, but for the life of me, I can't see what possible benefit that would have.
     
  12. Artbrownsr

    Artbrownsr Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporter

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    I'm also an ignorant one, but I believe the solution to ignorance is the presentation of knowledge! That's why I join these forums I WANT KNOWLEDGE! I'll share it too if I think I've got something to add.
     
  13. thdrduck

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    Helps to clear any oil from the nipple and base of the chamber thus resulting in more reliable ignition.
     
  14. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    Ding, ding, ding you got that right, cleans & dries the powder pocket & makes for a more reliable ignition !.............
     
  15. awahlster

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    Your lucky with the deep slow rifling on my 50cal (1-72" .010") I have to shoot at least two fouling shots to get the barrel on target. I use a .490 round ball and a .020 damp canvas patch. One year I stopped on the way to the farm I hunt on to dump a round into the ditch figuring I would reload as soon as I got to the farm (less then 1/2 mile away) as soon as I got back in the truck and started to move a NICE 4 point (Columbia River Blacktail you white tail hunters would call it a 8 point) ran across the road in front of me. With an unloaded rifle and the deer interested making ground the Idea of jumping out getting 50 ft off the road and taking a shot was out of the question.
     
  16. Hawg

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    Before I load mine for the first time after its been cleaned I pop a cap and then fire a loose charge. I've never had a misfire doing that. Of course if it had been done that way and then left loaded for a year the barrel would be toast.
     
  17. nitestalker

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    I don't shoot the modern B/P rifles. The ones that use the "Caps" .;)I prefer the real muzzle loaders that use rocks for fire.:D Any way if a small amount of 91% alcohol is put down the muzzle and allowed to run out of the nipple it will be dry. This drys fast and saves those caps for real targets.;)
     
  18. orangello

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    Geezer! :p. Caps are only "modern" you were born before the civil war.........OK, I guess YOU can use that label.

    Now those inlines, that seems too modern to me, unless you just want to get in on primitive weapon season.
     
  19. 303tom

    303tom Well-Known Member

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    I agree, I don`t own anything but Cap & Ball, Flintlock, and matchlock !............
     
  20. PRM

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    NO, it will not hurt it to leave it loaded. It was not uncommon to still find original muzzle loaders in the 60s and 70s at yard sales that had been loaded over 50 years with no detrimental affects. Black powder does not become corrosive until it's fired. A lot of the original guns have some pitting in the barrels and around the nipples, this is from where they were not cleaned after being shot. Even with that, most of them are still serviceable.

    I've personally been shooting 2nd Generation Colt C&B revolvers since the 70s and my revolvers are always loaded. I've never had any problems with black powder affecting the gun.