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#2969597 - 10/05/12 08:22 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Wes Parrish]
WestTn Huntin'man
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We always have a box of surgicial gloves around the house and I keep a few in my pack . Cut the thumb or a finger off a glove fits tight thin enough to not mess up a shot and very cheap.
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#2969633 - 10/05/12 08:44 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
Wes Parrish
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 Originally Posted By: WestTn Huntin'man
. . . . . thin enough to not mess up a shot and very cheap.

I agree, at closer ranges.
I've done this, used finger cots, condoms, you name it.
Have also found most above mentioned to be somewhat "fragile" and often tear or develop a break.

Electrical tape is a little thicker and tougher, and what I had been told was to place a piece over the bore, then wrap another piece around the barrel (covering both ends of the piece over the bore). This would be more durable, but to what extent does it effect accuracy?

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#2969667 - 10/05/12 09:05 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Wes Parrish]
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I never had any issues with the encore not working in an weather.
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#2969710 - 10/05/12 10:02 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
bigtex
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 Originally Posted By: WestTn Huntin'man
We always have a box of surgicial gloves around the house and I keep a few in my pack . Cut the thumb or a finger off a glove fits tight thin enough to not mess up a shot and very cheap.

Exactly what I do as well. I always have a couple of pair in my pack so they are always with me. Heck ya get five off one glove, lol.
I also use them on my centerfire rifles during rainy weather, water down the barrel "probably" wouldn't affect it but I don't like the idea of water in there.
BTW, to answer the original question, I have fired my M/L with and without a covering on the barrel and there was no difference in point of impact.
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#2969828 - 10/05/12 11:42 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Wes Parrish]
quigleysharps4570
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
By the way, by simply keeping your barrel pointed down, even on a non-raining but very humid day, you can get so much moisture sucked into your powder that your gun will not shoot. Some powders are worse than others when it comes to sucking up moisture from humid air (which is in your barrel if the bore isn't covered).


Not sure what you're shooting but that's never been my experience with the real blackpowder I use. I've been caught out in alot of rain and snow storms and never had any moisture get around a patched roundball to cause it not to fire. Also spent many, many hours squirrel hunting along our river bottoms during the summer with the high humidity we get and never had it happen.

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#2969831 - 10/05/12 11:44 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Wes Parrish]
Brisco Darlin
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electrical tape never affected the accuracy when i shot mine.
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#2970147 - 10/05/12 06:06 PM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Wes Parrish]
East TN Hunter
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Registered: 08/24/07
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
 Originally Posted By: WestTn Huntin'man
. . . . . thin enough to not mess up a shot and very cheap.

I agree, at closer ranges.
I've done this, used finger cots, condoms, you name it.
Have also found most above mentioned to be somewhat "fragile" and often tear or develop a break.

Electrical tape is a little thicker and tougher, and what I had been told was to place a piece over the bore, then wrap another piece around the barrel (covering both ends of the piece over the bore). This would be more durable, but to what extent does it effect accuracy?


I have used electric tape for years on muzzleloaders and rifles. It does not impact POI. I tested it at the range.

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#2971535 - 10/07/12 07:19 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Wes Parrish]
Wobblyshot1
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I'll keep my muzzle lowered and protect the lock area by covering with a layer of my hunting garment.

I still use real black powder. Black powder is far less hydroscopic than some of the substitutes. I've never really had a problem with just high humidity in the air but have seen others using pellets unable to get their gun to fire under the same conditions. The pellets actually seemed to act as sponges and sop up any moisture at all in the air.
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#2973620 - 10/08/12 09:20 PM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Wobblyshot1]
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Unlubricated condoms is that I used. Just don't expect to find them at every corner store.
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#2973876 - 10/09/12 06:37 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: dogmatik]
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I don't use anything and never had any trouble. I find it hard to belive that mosture can get around the bullet or past the primer.
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