209 primers and rain?

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  1. Jul 14, 2019 #1

    Webfoot

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    Can anyone tell me how 209 primers do in the rain? Will they still go off if they have been subject to rain all day?
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    I would be more concerned about the powder getting too damp to fire, than the 209. Im don't think I've had a 209 not go off. But i have had misfires that i couldn't explain 100% and wrote off to the weather.
     
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    I was just curious if water would affect them like it does a #11 cap.
     
  4. Jul 15, 2019 #4

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    Your better 209 are sealed. The problem is a sabot does not seal the barrel so moisture gets in to the powder real easy, but if you wax your 209's and seal the end of the barrel with, finger off rubber glove ,balloon, tape or a piece of sheet rubber and a rubber band you can keep the moisture out. I have had thoughts about putting a waxed or greased wad under the sabot but have not got around to trying that yet.
     
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    I bet the poly wads from Buffalo Arms would seal better than a sabot. In 45cal they are .463. The 50s are a claimed .512 OD.

    Chapstick might work for waxing the 209s.
     
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    Think I will soak a few in water and see if they will fire.
     
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    That seems like the way to find out. Make sure to report back.
     
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    yes, do let us know how soaking them turns out.
     
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    Never had a problem with CCI Mags or Fed 209A's in the rain. I keep a small roll of duct tape in my pack to cover the end of my barrel.
     
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    some years ago a few of us were standing around camp the day after a wet season drinking coffee and guys started to fire off their rifles to go home. several failed to fire. I dropped my 209 primer in my coffee and proceeded to drink and watch. when everyone had finished I picked out my primer and asked for bets on my rifle firing. several almost reached for their wallet but no money was put up.

    bang!

    i had tested it before. i don't know how long it takes to degrade one, but 4 or 5 minutes wont cause a FTF.
     
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  11. Jul 18, 2019 #11

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    I've never had an issue with #11's or 209's in the rain. I take 2 weeks off to hunt every year and am out there rain or shine. I don't take any precautions other than tapping off the barrel. They've always gone off for me.
     
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    Don't have 209 muzzleloader but have shot 3-4K (I use to trap/skeet shoot) of them in rain or shine. Never had one miss fire.
     
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    Never had any 209s fail to fire but when I used musket cap they would often be a soaked mess and not go off.
     

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