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#503712 - 11/22/07 06:57 PM how long can you leave a ML loaded?
MTW
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do any of you guys leave your ML loaded, or do you shoot it out after each hunt?

i dont like to leave one loaded, but the place i usually shoot, has a 140 class 10 pt chasing does. i dont like to use a high power rifle on this property. so i was wondering, i use a T/C black diamond, with 777, how long could it be charged and still hold point of aim, or does it matter? i do keep it dry, but i was wondering how much moisture the 777 might pull in.

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#504137 - 11/23/07 04:45 AM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: ]
smokepolehall
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I have left my load in fer a week at a time and i use the Blk. Dia. with Pyro P. Never had a misfire but keep it dry.
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#504201 - 11/23/07 08:55 AM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: smokepolehall]
3shots
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If I were you, I would unload/discharge it SOON. Just for safety sake and all the above.

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#504204 - 11/23/07 08:59 AM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: smokepolehall]
tennbassethound
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I didnt do it on purpose but i left one loaded for a year before and it shot fine.
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#504281 - 11/23/07 10:58 AM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: tennbassethound]
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The key to leaving one loaded and it going off correctly is to keep the temperature of the gun the same.
For example don't carry in and out of the house each time you hunt.
If possible leave it in an outside utility room or something.
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#504465 - 11/23/07 04:17 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: RUGER]
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All year long If you keep the gun in the house.
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#506101 - 11/25/07 11:18 AM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: dryhorn2]
ROOKIE2323
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All year long if you leave it in a dry place
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#506731 - 11/25/07 06:53 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: ROOKIE2323]
shopson
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Taking it from the cold to warm spot is like taking something out of the fridge. Barring extreme temp changes, fog or rain, I generally leave mine loaded til I am done with it for the season.
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#506797 - 11/25/07 07:23 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: shopson]
JSTEVE
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During both seasons. Not for a year.
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#524170 - 12/10/07 09:15 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: JSTEVE]
Boone 58
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I can tell you now, dont do it, you will live to regret it. I have seen many times the powder will get wet with sweating from the metal barrel getting cold then warm even in a house. It may not happen every time but no time will you ever appreciate a misfire when it occurs. i dont recommend you doing it for more than a week at most but certainly not between seasons such as the nov to december period. I know of at least two guys who had this happen this year. it took 3 209 primers to get the powder to fire. fortunately the buck on one of these guys hung around until he was killed, the other guy found it out on the range after a fruitless morning hunt and a desire to check his scopes accuracy. it took him three primers also.
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