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Mussleloader misfire question.

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People who wear glases can testify to this, but when you come in from a hunt on a cold day, us folks wearing glasses have a problem with our glases fogging up. It happens with many materials when they come in from cold weather into a warm home, they get condensation from the temp change.

My question is this, has anyone here had problems with a misfire from their fire stick after bringing a mussleloader in from the cold and back hunting over after a few times? I've always tried to leave my gun out in the cold during mussloading, fearful of condensation that could cause a misfire. Am I being paranoid?
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No your not being paranoid. If it can the gun stays outside at all times. I have a P/U so this helps. If I were driving an SUV, I would discharge at the end of every hunt. DO NOT BRING YOUR MUZZY INSIDE, if so: discharge and reload for the next hunt.
I found if you have a gun case that has the foam linner, it will keep you ML cold for a while if it's cold. Condensation is ML worse enemy I think. I leave mine outside { car trunk, truck, garage, ect. }
Couldn't agree more, where I hunt, I am able to leave the ML in an unheated garage, loaded but minus the primer. Stays cold, no condensation.
I also keep me smokepole out side put in my SUV. I keep it in the back and in the case. The temp. change is not so drastic to have a problem with condensation.
I have kept mine in my trunk, cased and latched. The bad thing with some trucks, depending on size and how warm it gets, the ML can still get warm enough to condensate. Father in Law found that out last year when he tried to fill his doe tag on a big one. Went through for caps, and none would touch it off until it finally hang fired on him.
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what i do is unscrew my nipple and put about 10 grains of powder into the primer hole. that way if i do get any moisture in the barrel the extra grains down the primer charge hole will take care of it and then you can get your game. try it, its only for standard muzzies not in line.
I have put a little 3f and 4f under the nipple also. Just before you go out and would like to check on things, pull the nipple off and see if there is a little power in the flash hole and look into the nipple hole to make sure it's clear. That should help.
one more thing you have too look out for is the charges will fall out of the old style caps, i also put a few grains of powder under the cap and i will never use a cap after a hunt where i dont fire the gun there cheap and way to cheap to lose a big buck, i took a nice little buck this past sunday with the ole smoke pole
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