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    Sorry for my ignorance, I have never used one but just curious.....If you have not shot at game during your hunt how do you unload a muzzle loader after the hunt?
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    Quote Originally Posted by huntnmachine View Post
    Sorry for my ignorance, I have never used one but just curious.....If you have not shot at game during your hunt how do you unload a muzzle loader after the hunt?
    Some individuals just fire off the round at end of shooting hour.... Myself, I own a CVA Wolf with a hand screw in breech plug. So I just unscrew the breech plug and let the powder and slugs come out.... Mind you, I am using compressed loads (pellets), not sure how you would remove with plain old powder.
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    You could just take off the cap if you were using it the next day or use a ball puller, same idea as the video, if you were somewhere you can't just make a hole in some dirt. I have never seen the CO2 gadget used or had even heard of it before but that should work too.... probably so I will show that video.

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    Thanks folks much appreciated
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    Quote Originally Posted by fratri View Post
    Mind you, I am using compressed loads (pellets), not sure how you would remove with plain old powder.
    You can unload with loose powder, but it's wasted as the grease from the threads for the breech on in-lines contaminates it.

    Old style Kentuckeys etc. have to be shot to unload. Then you run into laws against discharging a firearm after dark...

    It's a stupidly drafted law, obviously made by people who don't understand or shoot them. Removing the primer makes the load inert. Leaving the powder and bullet in the barrel is not a safety issue. With the hammer left down or breach closed, it's impossible to accidentally ignite the powder.

    That's why they teach..."Always assume the rifle you pick up is loaded" and handle it accordingly.
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    If you buy a muzzleloader buy a CVA wolf or something with a removable breach plug as mentioned. I shoot triple 7 compressed powder. Very easy to unscrew and drop the pellets into your hand.

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    I thought it is legal to leave the bullet and powder in the barrel, as long as the primer was removed and the gun is transported in a closed case? I know lots of hunters who will leave the gun charged for up to 10 days, as long as the weather is not damp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fenelon View Post
    I thought it is legal to leave the bullet and powder in the barrel, as long as the primer was removed and the gun is transported in a closed case? I know lots of hunters who will leave the gun charged for up to 10 days, as long as the weather is not damp.
    That works for the purposes of Provincial regulations, but the Federal regulations for storage, transport etc., trumps Provincial regs….
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    Quote Originally Posted by mosquito View Post
    You could just take off the cap if you were using it the next day or use a ball puller, same idea as the video, if you were somewhere you can't just make a hole in some dirt. I have never seen the CO2 gadget used or had even heard of it before but that should work too.... probably so I will show that video.

    Let us know how that worked out...i have one,not worth a dime in my Omega-would not budge the properly seated SST bullet(but could be me only-so,hard to tell)
    Anyone shows up in my house for it,can have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mosquito View Post
    probably so I will show that video.
    I've done and still do those tricks..but he barely scraped the surfaces of what is sometimes needed.

    Those Co2 rigs don't work very well because they are still restricting the air ram thru the 'pin' hole in the nipple. You have to remove the nipple to get a greater flow of air to remove a 'botched' load.

    I use my air compressor at 120 lbs...with the rubber tip air tool to make a good seal to push the air thru the drum.
    Last edited by MikePal; October 31st, 2021 at 01:23 PM.

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