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#2973958 - 10/09/12 07:52 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: KPH]
Brisco Darlin
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 Originally Posted By: hellacatcher
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.
on a flintlock or caplock it can.
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#2973970 - 10/09/12 08:01 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Brisco Darlin]
KPH
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 Originally Posted By: Brisco Darlin
 Originally Posted By: hellacatcher
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.
on a flintlock or caplock it can.

A fleintlock or acaplock is a different story.
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#2974363 - 10/09/12 12:30 PM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: KPH]
Tennessee Todd Moderator
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Get you a Knight and use the red plastic jacket system and you could hunt in a swimming pool and it will still go off. Trust me, I've put it to the test.
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#2974373 - 10/09/12 12:33 PM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Tennessee Todd]
FrontierGander
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the jacket only seals the primer.

Put a projectile in your bore and with the breech plug removed, look down the barrel " breech plug end" and you'll find out even a saboted load does not seal the bore and allows moisture to get directly to the powder.

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#2983403 - 10/15/12 09:36 PM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Wes Parrish]
HMHunters75
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#2986145 - 10/17/12 02:35 PM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: HMHunters75]
Big J
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I shoot a disc extreme! No worries in the rain!
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#2986609 - 10/17/12 07:29 PM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Big J]
fishboy1
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I have used electrical tape, duct tape, balloon, packing tape, mailing label(not recommended)

Doesn't change POI. The gasses in front of the bullet blow through the tape before the bullet ever hits it.

Now I wouldnt wrap 10 layers of tape over the barrel or anything stupid like that. Just the one layer across the opening and one piece around the barrel to hold the ends tight.
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#2987181 - 10/18/12 08:26 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: Wes Parrish]
tellico4x4
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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?


Two pieces of electrical tape criss-crossed is what I have used for 30+ yrs. Started using it way back when with a "Hawkens" on CO ML hunts and still use it on my Pro-Hunter. Kept a load in Iowa last year for a week with rain, sleet & snow and shot fine when the time came. Have tested at range with no detrimental impacts observed.
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#2988415 - 10/19/12 12:15 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: HMHunters75]
scn
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Wes,

I use the electrical tape and can't tell any difference. I've been told that even with a tight sabot/bullet seal that there is enough gas ahead of the sabot and bullet that it ruptures the tape well before the bullet gets to it.

The electrical tape is SOP for me.
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#2988488 - 10/19/12 05:45 AM Re: "Waterproofing" Your Muzzleloader [Re: scn]
Wes Parrish
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Thanks for all the replies.
Over the years I've tried most, with exception to the electrical tape, and/or shooting thru anything beyond 50 yards. What's helped most for me is simply going to an inline muzzleloader using shotgun primers, as this system is significantly better in rainy weather than the side-locks.

I've done a lot of muzzleloading hunting in "inclement" weather and have yet to find anything that's 100% going to work. I remember one day sitting on stand in a pouring rain, and knowing it was going to be pouring, had very carefully used duct tape to totally seal the bore (criss crossed some strips over the bore, then wrapped some around the barrel). But with my barrel pointed downward, moisture was still able to "run" under the tape, and when the gun was raise, it ran down the inside of the barrel.

I've also used condoms in the rain, then noticed water had "slipped" under them. With some guns, it's hard to get a good seal because of the ramrod and front sight, not to mention fragility. Anytime you're caught in the rain, it would typically seem to make the most sense to keep your muzzle pointed downward, but just keep in mind should water run beneath your tape, it can run right into your chamber when you raise your gun.

Using the electrical tape seems to be the best thing going.

Thanks again.

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