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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #15 on: October 09, 2018, 05:34:26 AM »
In 20 years of muzzy hunting Ive never had an issue with leaving the bore or cap open. I rarely pack my muzzy slung over my shoulder in the rain and I change caps daily.

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #16 on: October 09, 2018, 09:01:05 AM »
I use seran wrap. I start at the muzzle and wrap all the way down. I put tape around the sights and then cut the seran wrap. Looks funny , but worked very well.

That is funny but I bet it's effective.  I have never had an issue, condom on front an tight fitting cap over the nipple.

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #17 on: October 10, 2018, 06:44:13 AM »
I'm going to do a test this morning.  After shooting my bull Monday, and reloading "just in case" , my rifle lay next to the stump, in the rain for about 5 hours.

Heading to the range to see if it will fire.  After my first shot, there was nothing left protecting the charge (tape on the muzzle).

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #18 on: October 10, 2018, 07:51:45 AM »
Did not even fire the cap(saved it).  New cap did not fire the charge.

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #19 on: October 10, 2018, 11:00:35 PM »
Did not even fire the cap(saved it).  New cap did not fire the charge.

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Sabots?  They don't seal the bore until fired, a tiny bit of water can travel down the barrel to dampen the powder.

I use electrical tape as many do. This weekend was quite wet, left gun in truck overnight with no cap. Fired just fine on day 4.  My ex had a day hunting in the snow, years ago, thought she didn't need to cover her barrel (because she always knew better   :rolleyes: )... her powder was the consistency of toothpaste when we pulled the bullet out....

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #20 on: October 11, 2018, 10:31:19 AM »
electrical tape all the way, I criss cross two strips and then cut a thin strip to go around the end to secure it down even better. I do the same with my modern rifles when hunting even if not wet just to keep crap from getting in the barrel. tape does not affect accuracy at all. A roll of electrical tape is a lot cheaper than those barrel condoms. and will last a lot longer. I also have several strips on my barrel just incase it needs to be replaced or if I need to tape up again after a shot.(so far haven't needed that).

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #21 on: October 11, 2018, 01:53:28 PM »
Did not even fire the cap(saved it).  New cap did not fire the charge.

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Sabots?  They don't seal the bore until fired, a tiny bit of water can travel down the barrel to dampen the powder.

I use electrical tape as many do. This weekend was quite wet, left gun in truck overnight with no cap. Fired just fine on day 4.  My ex had a day hunting in the snow, years ago, thought she didn't need to cover her barrel (because she always knew better   :rolleyes: )... her powder was the consistency of toothpaste when we pulled the bullet out....

WOW! Totally invalid test, except for the cap.  Evidently, after 2 shots, and reloading, I did not put the bullet in on top of the charge :bash:.  Went to clean, and there was no powder or bullet left in the barrel.  Lost both speedloaders, so cannot check them.

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #22 on: October 11, 2018, 02:44:48 PM »
 Better than 2 bullets on top of one charge.....

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2018, 04:34:56 PM »
Better than 2 bullets on top of one charge.....

I have "never" done that

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2018, 10:35:05 PM »
Did not even fire the cap(saved it).  New cap did not fire the charge.

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Sabots?  They don't seal the bore until fired, a tiny bit of water can travel down the barrel to dampen the powder.

I use electrical tape as many do. This weekend was quite wet, left gun in truck overnight with no cap. Fired just fine on day 4.  My ex had a day hunting in the snow, years ago, thought she didn't need to cover her barrel (because she always knew better   :rolleyes: )... her powder was the consistency of toothpaste when we pulled the bullet out....

WOW! Totally invalid test, except for the cap.  Evidently, after 2 shots, and reloading, I did not put the bullet in on top of the charge :bash:.  Went to clean, and there was no powder or bullet left in the barrel.  Lost both speedloaders, so cannot check them.

 :chuckle: :chuckle: not about losing the loaders, that sucks.

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #25 on: October 12, 2018, 06:23:29 AM »
Just glad I didn't need to finish off the elk.

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2018, 06:19:58 AM »
I had some hunting partners empty there loads after a wet day this year and found wet powder (Pyrodex pellets) around the bullet. Just a thought, I'm sure these loads would have went off if fired but maybe would have been a "light load" with wet powder only 1/2 or 1/3 of their powder would have ignited.

I'm just saying this to say....just because you shoot your gun and it "goes off" doesn't mean it was an effective round for killing an elk/animal.

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
« Reply #27 on: October 22, 2018, 12:42:00 PM »
I use the black condoms on my muzzle (they can be had really cheap off ebay) and will use tape over the breech when it's raining.  Never a problem in my limited muzzleloader hunting experience.

An a related note, I was reviewing the hunt regs now that 209 primers are legal and don't see anywhere in there where the primer must be exposed to the elements.  I'm pretty sure it used to say something about this in the regs because I specifically bought my Knight Disc Extreme in the northwest version that has a cutout in the bolt to expose the primer.  Anyone know if this changed also with the new 209 primer rule?  If it's still in the regs, where is it?  I searched for "exposed" and there's only one hit talking about baiting.

On edit: never  mind about the priming question.  I see that Bob 33 posted in another thread:
It is the new; the WAC was changed this year. The requirement to have exposed ignition was eliminated.

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Re: Muzzle Loader in wet weather.
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