Originally Posted by spdrman
From 100 to 200 it drops 5" from 200 to 300 it drops 21.5 inches, its really hard to shoot that far with a 1x scope I'm sure I could shoot a touch better with a higher power scope. Those where all clean bore shots too, letting the gun completely cool down then cleaning it 100%, I'm hunting for 12 days straight next week and wasn't sure how a load would do being in a gun that long so my plan is loading it when I find a shooter buck then put a stalk on him.
How long will you guys leave a load in your gun?
Surprising how just 10grs will make in elevation. I'm shooting 75grs. WEIGHT and with a zero at 150yds, it drops 5" at 200yds, which is my self-imposed limit with the charge and, about the max ranges where I hunt. I've bumped it up to 84grs with identical accuracy and higher (flatter) trajectory but, I'm to darn old to like the recoil any more. That was great shoot'n with just a 1x. EXCELLENT by the way. I'm just biting at the bit but, four surgeries this year, three on my eyes has put a damper on it. I should know more the 26th and my next appointment.
Now... asking how long to leave a muzz loaded can bring a huge number of responses, some much different than others. So here's MY process with BH209.
First, my Pro Hunter shoots the first two rounds high and right. EVERY TIME. Although the second shot will drop about an inch, they're always 4" high and 2" right. After the second shot, it zeros perfectly. Our seasons in MI, run from Nov. 15th until Jan. 1st. Regular firearm starts Nov. 15th and runs through the end of the month. Muzzleloading season starts immediately after that in the NL and there's about a week wait in the NL. However there's a doe only season until Jan. 1st. I shoot two complete rounds at my backstop on the 14th and unless I get caught in the pouring rain or fall in a creek, my muzz stays loaded until after the end of November. Because of my area, we have a few days prior to the opening of the muzz season, where I'll adjust for long range shooting on my range, then clean the rifle. Prior to the muzz opening, I repeat the process until I fill my tags or hang it up. Of course I leave my case outside while hunting to remain cold, then when through hunting, I put the rifle in a COLD case and then into the locked garage. Doing it like that, prevents the rifle from sweating and not getting that warm air. I've been doing this since I could get my hands on BH209 and I've NEVER had a single issue. There are times when the rifle may get really wet if its raining and I'll just shoot the round at the backstop, load it back up, dry the exterior and lightly oil it down. Never had a problem to date and don't expect one after all this time.
However........ a shooter must do what he/she feels is necessary. I still know guys that although they're using BH209, discharge the rifle after every hunt, clean and reload for the next day.