Originally Posted by Frank in the Laurels
I have found that mine shoots better also after about two shots.. what I've been doing is to foul the barrel...run a few DRY patches down through it but I clean the breech plug, let it dry, make sure the hole is open and then reload it and it's ready to go..if your hunting in alot of rain you may want to reload it after a day or two..
Although not an Optima, this is an example of what my Pro Hunter does, which has been the norm for most of my rifles. I fire two fouling shots at the backstop, then fire one primer only, then load for the hunt. Although any of these shots may be fine for 100yds or less, the first two shots would present a significent problem if my first shot was at 200yds. As stated above, unless you fall in a creek or hunt in the pouring rain, you'll be fine with BH209. We have a 15 day firearm season and I use the muzzleloader exclusively for that. After our firearm season, we have a week's wait for the muzzleloader season. During that time, everyone normally gets together and shoots the 200yd range at least once. I clean mine, then foul it again for the muzz season. It'll be cold during that time and I use the same process throughout the season, which is to keep the rifle case cold. I put the rifle into the case, then bring it into the garage for the evenings. It won't allow the rifle to enter a warm (or warmer) garage quickly and attract moisture. It will slowly increase to the inside tempature of the garage and eliminate any moisture problems.