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Do you hunt with a clean bore?

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Unread 04-26-2011, 12:36 AM
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Re: Do you hunt with a clean bore?

My son and I use Hawken style percussions in .50 & .54 caliber; Patchball and Pyrodex. I have always favored a "once fired" bore when hunting bear or deer as it offers more reliable ignition, making sure that no oil has remained in the breech! We have a few other "reliable ignition" tricks up our sleeves as well as the first shot should be the last shot!

We shoot year round and accuracy has never been anything but supurb. The new "in-line" rifles must be kind of finicky? I wouldn't know.
You guys should throw them "in-line" rifles in the river and come back home to Hawken!;)
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Unread 04-26-2011, 07:11 AM
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Re: Do you hunt with a clean bore?

I started out with round balls, and I could bark squirrels at 50 yards, but not hit a pie plate consistently at 100. I can now hit a pie plate at 300 (with enough power to kill a deer). If I hunted at 50 yards, I'd still be using round balls.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 08:44 PM
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I can tell you this. If you shoot your ML over a chronograph for load development, you'll shoot it clean every time. And guys if your not shooting BlackHorn 209, you're shooting the wrong powder. I'm not trying to sound like a know it all, but it's that good. If I didn't have BH209 and a magnum sub-base, I'd bow hunt through ML season. The key, I have found, to good shooting with a muzzle loader, is consistency. That means every thing the same all the time, i.e. clean bore. The only time I don't shoot my ML over a chrono is when I'm hunting. At this point I can tell you where the bullet strikes the target simply by looking at the chrono. With a magnum sub-base, BH 209 and a clean bore I've got my standard deviation down to 15-20 fps. Most people I've talked to that didn't have a good experience with BH 209 were using the wrong primer. You have to use regular shotgun 209's with BH 209.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 11:56 PM
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Re: Do you hunt with a clean bore?

I swath between shots. Always hunt with a clean barrel-at the end of the day I put my T/C up with a clean barrel too! When done hunting I'll use T 17 synthetic barrel seasoning-just got to remember to run a dry patch through it before loading it on the next outing.
I shoot 250 shockwaves or Barnes TMZ with 100 gr. triple 7.
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Unread 09-02-2011, 08:53 PM
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Re: Do you hunt with a clean bore?

Its that first shot from a cold clean barrel that puts food in the freezer. Most folks don't have time to fire a few shots to foul the barrel before leveling down on a Deer or Elk. Clean the barrel and allow it to cool between every shot and shoot maybe 5 shots without making any corrections to the scope. After the shots have formed a group, then adjust the scope so the group is where you want the rifle to shoot. Now you have zeroed your scope to a cold clean barrel.
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Unread 09-02-2011, 09:40 PM
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Unread 09-07-2011, 10:29 PM
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Re: Do you hunt with a clean bore?

Clean. I Have a T/C Omega non stainless, and use 777. I took it out last year up here in MN, and our season is usually cold and wet. Let it sit dirty 2 days, had rust in the barrel. Luckily it came out, but will never do that again.

I might try getting some different powder because I like a fired bore in my center fire rifles.
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