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My Sidelock Wasn't Cleaned for 3 1/2 Years

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Patocazador, Jan 28, 2020.

  1. Patocazador

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    I hunt with a Sile Hawken Hunter which is a short-barreled Hawken clone. Years ago I bought a Hubbard Mag Spark and have shot BlackHorn 209 powder in it since. After a range session today I cleaned it. The last time it was cleaned was the summer of 2016. I had hunted with it many times and if I shot at a deer, I quickly reloaded and hunted again. After 3 1/2 years I thought it was time to clean it and see what condition the barrel was in.

    The barrel was very dirty but otherwise there was no corrosion, pitting, whatever. Since BH 209 is really a smokeless powder, it was the same as if I fired my .25-06 without cleaning it.
    Others had predicted woe and gloom but nothing of the sort happened.

    Just passing this along for general knowledge.
     
  2. mcb

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    They will be along to flog you shortly... :D
     
  3. Aim1

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    Nice. I just switched to Blackhorn 209 this year and have been really happy.
     
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  4. Armored farmer

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    Obviously, its not humid in Florida.....or near the ocean.
     
  5. Patocazador

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    On the contrary, It is very humid. If it were black powder, I'm sure the gun would be ruined but smokeless powder is ..ah, well .. non-corrosive. In this case with additives to make smoke but still the corrosive property of black powder is not a factor.

    I have heard for years how it's mandatory to clean a muzzleloader after each session it is shot but that simply does not apply in this case. I do clean any black powder gun the same day it is shot. Otherwise my other BP guns would be trashed.
     
  6. Ugly Old Guy

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    I'll stick with "real" black powder, thank you, very much. :)

    Smokeless powders and muzzleloaders don't play well together. More than one video on you Tube where some ... I won't insult the "humans", "people", or "morons" by claiming those in the videos are among their number ... intentionally blow up a perfectly good ML with smokeless powder.:what: :fire::cuss::fire:.

    They have not collected their Darwin Award (yet) because so far, they have been smart enough to use a string to fire it, and not be with-in 50 yards or so of it when it goes off.
     
  7. whughett

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    Your joking of course. Actually I read some where that no part of Florida is more than 75 miles from salt water East to west I’m assuming.
     
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  8. rodwha

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    If only it could be ignited by a percussion cap...
     
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  9. DocRock

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    So, why post in the black powder forum?
     
  10. alsaqr

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    Why not, after all it's a muzzleloader.
     
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  11. Patocazador

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    Yes, it will not ignite with a percussion cap. That's why I converted to a 209 primer by using the Mag Spark.

    It's not everyone's cup of tea but it works well for me.
     
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  12. freedom475

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    Actually it is part real Black Powder... It is a factory duplex powder made from KIK brand black powder. The smokeless helps to give a more complete burn of the BP so fouling less of an issue.
     
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  13. woodnbow
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    They call Florida low desert...
     
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  14. kBob

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    The Panhandle ( the real Florida) has the Gulf along the southern side.

    Humidity is high every where and the "Desert" repretation comes from the crappy soil most of the state has from having been underwater a couple of times in pre history. At one point ( in the last 30,000 years since folks showed up )peninsular Florida was almost half again as wide as it is now and the Panhandle extended much further into the Gulf as well....but remember....global warming is new and man made!

    -kBob
     
  15. Catman42

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    that is a good testimony to 209 powder because of the low elevation and high moisture you have in the air. if it dont rust their it should not rust anywheres. i use it all the time with my side locks and a magspark nipple. many ise in a percussion with number 11 primers in that they put a small amount of real black under the 209 powder. also ive talked to several who use it in flintlock rifles with real black up to the touch hole. lots less cleaning between shots. 209 powder is a very accurate powder
     
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