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PostSubject: Leaving load in barrel?   Leaving load in barrel? Empty2017-12-03, 09:12

Just question about how long can you leave your power and ball in your rifle while hunting. Over night ,1 day 2 days? What do you put over the nipple over night to keep moisture from entering,with swings in temperature. Thank you for all answers
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PostSubject: Re: Leaving load in barrel?   Leaving load in barrel? Empty2017-12-03, 10:57

Much of the length of time depends on a number of things;

Patch Lubes
1). Patch lube (water based is the worst for causing rust).
Weather
2). Weather - the temperature your hunting in that may draw moisture into the patch material (again causing rust).
Rust
3). You do not want to "ring" the barrel. The rust ring where your patch sits when loaded, some materials (metal) of barrels differs, the softer metals will rust faster and deeper than harder materials (metals).
   Had a few guns traded in - finding the rust issue when cleaned, looking at the bore by pulling the breech plug or using a bore mirror will really show what is  going on.
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4). Have had a few rifles that have been loaded for several weeks (forgotten) then cleaned and found there was no issues. These guns had been left in dry storage was the only reason we could thing of for still being OK.  My brother-in-law (know better) left a TC Hawken for 4 years then asked if I could get a replacement barrel as he figured it was now junk. One afternoon I we pulled the nipple put 4FFFF in the hole then reassembled and fired the rifle. Shot fine but when looking down the bore it looked pretty sad. With a little fine grit valve compound it cleaned up using just the ramrod and jag and an hour labor. He got off lucky that time.
   Bottom line is weather and temperatures, you need to try your best to keep moisture out of the barrel and the ignition system. There have been some really good ideas posted on here about keeping the ignition dry, I'll let those that have to fight this answer these issues.  :tup2

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PostSubject: Re: Leaving load in barrel?   Leaving load in barrel? Empty2017-12-03, 13:44

When in the bush after game I use TOW mink oil.  I've left barrels loaded for months with no adverse effects and quick ignition when I finally fire them.  Don't try this with lubes that contain water.
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PostSubject: Re: Leaving load in barrel?   Leaving load in barrel? Empty2017-12-03, 15:48

I use Blackhorn 209 in my main hunting sidelock. I load it at the start of the season and shoot it out at the end if I don't have a shot at a legal deer. I've been doing this for several years now and have had no problems.

Luckily, I have had shots at deer most years but I see no need to waste the load. 

With black powder I usually only leave it loaded for about 3 weeks before shooting and cleaning the gun.

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PostSubject: Re: Leaving load in barrel?   Leaving load in barrel? Empty2017-12-04, 09:44

Being that BP doesn't attract moisture from the air very readily, I've never had a problem in Hot, humid Georgia or here in Va.  Guns have been found loaded for 150+ years and still fired just fine.  BP fouling is a different story, of course.
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PostSubject: Re: Leaving load in barrel?   Leaving load in barrel? Empty2017-12-04, 10:54

My guns often  stay loaded for months.   They always go bang when they're supposed to.
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PostSubject: Re: Leaving load in barrel?   Leaving load in barrel? Empty2017-12-04, 11:08

Mine do the same after months of being loaded, falcon.
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PostSubject: Re: Leaving load in barrel?   Leaving load in barrel? Empty2017-12-04, 12:52

@Hanshi wrote:
Mine do the same after months of being loaded, falcon.
You guys were lucky, let the weather change and they may not go BOOM !!!

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PostSubject: Re: Leaving load in barrel?   Leaving load in barrel? Empty2017-12-04, 17:25

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You guys were lucky, let the weather change and they may not go BOOM !!!

i hunt in the heat, rain and sleet.  Gun comes in the house every night.   It always go bang.
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PostSubject: Re: Leaving load in barrel?   Leaving load in barrel? Empty2017-12-05, 14:30

There was a time when I hunted regardless of the weather; but I'm - I like to say "not an idiot" - but actually I'm just a wuss in my old age.  I still love to hunt and shoot; but even more important, at least nowadays, is a good nights sleep and a warm place to use the bathroom.  lol!
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