Re: Hawkin's .54 cal question(s)
I always love hearing about father's and son's enjoying one of America's greatest past time...plunking at the range! If I may, I would like to mention to you if no one else has and that is...if "EVER" at anytime you go to fire your muzzle loader and all you hear is the cap go off keep it pointed down range. Give it a minute and then remove the spent cap and replace it with a new one. If again it still doesn't fire..again keep it pointed down range and everyone with you at a safe distance and remove the nipple from the barrel. Check the nipple to see if you can look through the hole. If you can't, clean it with a nipple pick and replace it on the barrel along with a new cap. Try firing it again. If still no luck, again remove the nipple and sprinkle a "VERY SMALL PINCH" of powder in the hole where the nipple screws into the barrel. Replace the nipple along with a new cap and try again. Again if it still doesn't fire keep it pointed down range for about 2-3 minutes and try to remove the load from the muzzle end. I can say with confidence that at this point the charge was no good and you will more than likely experience this at some point. You should be prepared to handle the situation it it does. One last thing "Very Important" After the next time you load your new muzzle loader and before you fire it...perminatly mark your ram rod as close to the barrel as possible so you will know with confidence that it is loaded if ever you need to. Please be safe and you & your boys enjoy your new & hopefully long endeavor!
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US Army 79 - 85, 368th Combat Battalion, Sarget Spec-5, Combat Engineer
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