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How long do you leave your muzzleloader charged during season?

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How long do you leave your muzzleloader charged during season?

  • Never - Fresh every day

    Votes: 3 21.4%
  • 1-2 days

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 3-4 days

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • 5-6 days

    Votes: 1 7.1%
  • 1 week

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 2 weeks

    Votes: 2 14.3%
  • All season

    Votes: 7 50.0%

  • Total voters
    14
  • Poll closed .

THBailey

Active Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2007
Messages
32
Deer hunting, I load a clean dry barrel and leave it loaded until I shoot. I have left them loaded until the following season, a year later. Never a problem. If I shoot, clean right away. I hunt waterfowl with a Pedersoli SxS 12 ga. At the end of the day, if I am hunting the following day, just pull the caps and leave it dirty over night. Here in California It is legal to transport loaded and uncapped.
 

sdporter

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Joined
Sep 19, 2017
Messages
962
I start with a clean barrel opening morning, in the dark, I pull over and load the rifle and blast it into the dirt on the side of the road, reload it and leave it so for 3-5 days unless I shoot it first, if I don’t, I’ll blow that one out and load another in there. Thoroughly clean after our 9 day hunt. Utah is pretty dang dry in September and October still. Don’t worry much about corrosion during the hunt.
 

THBailey

Active Member
Joined
Feb 18, 2007
Messages
32
I start with a clean barrel opening morning, in the dark, I pull over and load the rifle and blast it into the dirt on the side of the road, reload it and leave it so for 3-5 days unless I shoot it first, if I don’t, I’ll blow that one out and load another in there. Thoroughly clean after our 9 day hunt. Utah is pretty dang dry in September and October still. Don’t worry much about corrosion during the hunt.

Where are you hunting this year? My son and I drew muzzle buck deer tags for the Fishlake Mountains east of Fillmore. Starts in about a month...
 

Dwayne

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Joined
Dec 19, 2012
Messages
216
Wrong question. . ..It depends. . .

If I shoot the gun, I will clean it that night. . .

If i do NOT shoot the gun, I will leave it loaded all year long. . . until I go
to a target practice session, or go hunt the following year.

In other words, I will not clean it, until I shoot it. However long
that may be.
 

eekjellander

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Joined
Feb 13, 2020
Messages
175
I shoot O.E. black /tape muzzle and plug breech till the trigger pull (usually that season) Ed
 

sdporter

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Joined
Sep 19, 2017
Messages
962
Where are you hunting this year? My son and I drew muzzle buck deer tags for the Fishlake Mountains east of Fillmore. Starts in about a month...
Me and my two boys drew Pine Valley MZ tags. I usually do dedicated hunter, but didn’t draw that tag this year.
 

sdporter

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Joined
Sep 19, 2017
Messages
962
This year, I plan on using the Teflon tape coated bullet, loaded on a CLEAN bore. I have found the POI doesn’t change much at 100 yards.
Shooting slip fit bullets, from my Whites, the group tightens up after the second shot, fouling with a primer or two, does nothing to really help that.The first two shots will always have a different POI relative to each other, sometimes by quite a bit, and different than the next two or three, although shots 2-5 are relatively close to each other, shot two is almost always out of the group.
I have needed follow up shots on a few occasions and really want the next shot to hit where the first one does without having to clean in the field.
If any of that makes sense.
 

jlynch75

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Joined
Dec 2, 2018
Messages
192
In NY early season for Deer 1 week (third week of October). I'll leave it loaded for that week if I don't fire it. Later in the season if I get a deer I'll use my MZ for the rest of the season, usually stays loaded for two weeks in the middle of winter.
 
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