Author Topic: Keeping a loaded gun - back in the day  (Read 11898 times)

Daryl

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Re: Keeping a loaded gun - back in the day
« Reply #25 on: July 16, 2012, 02:39:40 AM »
Dave - that brings back another memory = when hunting in minus 20 to minus 50 degrees F on the Primitive Weapons moose hunt, if the rifle had not been discharged, it was left leaning against a tree outside the tent/dwelling - sometimes with a tarp over it to prevent an even frosting by morning. That way no moisture due to condensation was introduced into the bore or ignition channel that can easily cause a misfire or hangfire when the time came to kill a moose.
If the gun had been fired, it was brought inside, barrel removed and cleaned in a container of water.

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Re: Keeping a loaded gun - back in the day
« Reply #26 on: July 29, 2012, 04:24:42 AM »
Don't forget the corrosive nature of percussion priming in the old days. Fulminate of mercury will corrode a bore over night.
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Daryl

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Re: Keeping a loaded gun - back in the day
« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2012, 06:23:03 AM »
Worse, was the cholorate percussion caps of the mid 1800's and same in rifle and shotgun primers of later years.

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Re: Keeping a loaded gun - back in the day
« Reply #28 on: August 01, 2012, 12:57:02 AM »
I would guess back in the day most muzzleloaders were left loaded, I would bet everyone, (most people) would be around a gun daily, it was a tool, and everyone knew it would be loaded. Not to change the subject, but, at our last shoot a guy went to pop a cap on his gun, BOOM, forgot it was loaded. chuck

I always drop my ramrod down the barrel first thing, not to do this is careless.

Daryl

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Re: Keeping a loaded gun - back in the day
« Reply #29 on: August 01, 2012, 03:25:13 AM »
We yak so much on the line, as to forget if I loaded the rifle or not, so I find myself checking mine often, with the rod- as does everyone else we shoot with. Ask LB how you load 3 time without firing?  hahahahahahaha

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Re: Keeping a loaded gun - back in the day
« Reply #30 on: August 01, 2012, 11:10:11 PM »
We only pulled two balls and charges on Sunday, in LB's defense.  And we've all done that.
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Daryl

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Re: Keeping a loaded gun - back in the day
« Reply #31 on: August 01, 2012, 11:16:39 PM »
memory is the second thing to go

catman

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Re: Keeping a loaded gun - back in the day
« Reply #32 on: August 03, 2012, 04:40:07 AM »
Remember, the Hawkin brothers had a plan they would start with a 50 cal 1" accross the flats and as the trappers came back to St. Louis to trade their pelts they would have it rebord to a 54 then to a 58 if needed. Make since to me...
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