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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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#524193 - 12/10/07 09:24 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: Boone 58]
WestTn Huntin'man
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The season will be over in a few weeks. Just take it with you and discharge it after the last hunt,or sometime after the season is over. Or pull over at one of the gravel pits and shoot away.
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#524205 - 12/10/07 09:36 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: WestTn Huntin'man]
TNhunter
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If it is an inline - take the breech plug out and push the charge and bullet out the breech end. MUCH easier cleanup than cleaning a discharged muzzleloader.
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#525434 - 12/11/07 08:26 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: TNhunter]
elauwit
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Registered: 12/01/07
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I leave mine loaded throughout the season. I will take the nipple out of the rifle and put a little fresh powder under it before I take it back out if it's been loaded for a few days.
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#527011 - 12/13/07 01:41 AM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: elauwit]
kmac29
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dont know but i left mine loaded from the first MZ hunt and it stayed that way till thursday of the second hunt (last week) and i waxed a doe with it so it was ok. i probably wouldnt leave it for all year though..
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#571797 - 01/19/08 09:20 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: MTW]
thejedi
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Registered: 01/07/08
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As long as you don't get rained on, all season.
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#572736 - 01/20/08 03:52 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: thejedi]
44fanatic
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Sounds like the powder can stay dry for awhile if kept close to the same temp. One thing I havnt seen on this thread....

What about the double loading if you leave it loaded? Seems like a big safety hazard.
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#572952 - 01/20/08 06:12 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: 44fanatic]
squattin dogg
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Loc: Gallatin,TN USA / Deer Camp

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I never leave mine loaded alway empty it on a deer or a practice shot at target.
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#604884 - 02/07/08 06:48 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: JSTEVE]
Henry Lehman
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Registered: 11/30/05
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kept dry in your house. all year...........
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#605312 - 02/07/08 10:39 PM Re: how long can you leave a ML loaded? [Re: Henry Lehman]
Stovepipe
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I would be concerned about the possibility of an accidental double loading come next time you got it out. If for some reason, you feel the need to keep it loaded, flag or tag it with a small piece of tape on the trigger or hammer or something to remind one's self.
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