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Old 12-10-2012, 06:38 AM
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Keeping water-snow-mud out of the hunting barrel


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I cross two strips on black plastic electricians tape over the muzzle and then secure them both with a wrap around the barrel at the lip of the muzzle. After a shot is taken the plastic looks just like it has been cleanly cut away from the end of the muzzle. I've read that the tape is gone before the bullet can touch it.

I have a picture on file of this. Much involved in posting pictures?

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Old 12-10-2012, 06:57 AM
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i've used tape before but the residue from cleaning solvent and protective oil usually don't allow it to stick very well. Last couple years I've been pulling a kids balloon over the end. That's a tip I found on this site.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:23 AM
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What you guy's want is a finger cot, they can be bought at the drug store in laytex, or from a industrial supply houe in nytril.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:59 AM
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After you put a strip of electrical tape across the muzzle, make a wrap around the barrel behind the front sight (or 2-3" back from the muzzle). The tape sticks to itself and if you stretch it a little, tends to hold pretty well.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:38 AM
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All ideas are good and I saw in a gun muzzle loading catalog ones that were small red and rolled down
like a prophylactic. They fit all types of guns.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:18 PM
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I use to use the tape but have moved away for various reasons...

These are best muzzle covers that I have found. They offer good protection and do not come off. Shoot right through them. Most often they burst before the bullet gets there.

http://bighornproducts.com/ultimateboreprotection.htm
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:19 AM
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If you can find EXTRA LARGE finger cots at the local pharmacy, they work. The smaller ones I find can sometimes tear on the front sight. But if you have no front site most of them will work and they are cheap. And I have shot countless times through them on the range doing testing to see if they made a difference, and they don't. I think they are gone before the bullet ever touched them, like said.
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Old 12-12-2012, 07:33 AM
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I cheat , and use the wifes exam gloves , just gut off the fingers and them wrap a section of tape aroound them
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:28 AM
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Just ask your veterinarian the next visit. He buys finger cots by the 500 or 1000 bx. He/she will give you a dozen free. Get unused ones!! Don't ask what he uses the finger cots for...it is their intended purpose!!!
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:13 AM
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Hi Sam, I put a piece of blue masking tape over the muzzle and then put a lobster band around the barrel to insure that the tape stays on. I get my best accuracy with the yellow bands! Actually I stopped this practice because I recently read a convincing article, or maybe a post on this forum, that pretty much convinced me that taped muzzleloaders will, at longer ranges, have negatively affected grouping and accuracy. Obviously longer distances are naturally going to affect grouping, but the author had results at different ranges from the bench both with and without tape. I don't recall the distance where this starts to appear. Did anyone else see this article?
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:31 AM
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In considering this, the tape never touches the bullet. The air in the barrel that comes out first, blows the tape off.
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Also check to make sure your current rain keeper outer does not affect your rifles accuracy at longer 150+ yard ranges. I dont give a rats rear end what paid magazine writers say, CHECK for yourself and see if it hurts anything.
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I just use a piece of the cling wrap over the muzzle and use rubber bands to hold it in place. Is Cheap if the wife makes you buy your own to use at the dollar store. One roll would probably last a life time even to a 20 year old hunter.
I get rubber bands at the dollar store too but mostly save them from stuff that uses them like bunches of asparigus.

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Old 12-28-2012, 08:28 PM
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Alleyyooper,

There is a difference between you and me.... "One roll would probably last a life time even to a 20 year old hunter..." At 20 it PROBABLY would last. At my age I am CERTAIN that it will not! [smile] I think it is good that you express some doubt that it might not be enough.

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I had to edit and add the "not" . Even communication skills don't last for ever either. [smile]

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Old 12-29-2012, 06:48 AM
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This has never been something I was concerned with....and I hunt all weather conditions with a flintlock.
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Old 12-29-2012, 08:15 AM
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Sharps,

I didn't either until once after depriming for the trip home I saw ice made up into my barrel. I didn't know the effect of shooting it out so I opted for peace of mind and taped my barrel for the winter deer season.

Does anyone have anything to offer about shooting snow, ice, or mud out the end of a barrel? I feel uneasy just thinking about doing that. My ignorance sparks fear and initiates caution. It is also hard for me to believe in my gun handling enough that after days of trekking in snow I wouldn't get 'stuff' in my barrel.

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:41 AM
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Don't shoot any kind of barrel obstruction out of your barrel. I know some do it. But it is not recommended and it is no safe. It might not blow the barrel but if you bulge the barrel.. you will be just sick. If you have to ... take your ramrod and a patch and work the obstruction loose. Then holding the rifle by the stock, gently tap the muzzle on something solid. And since it is loaded.. not your boot. A log works good. And checked where you tapped. Is there debris there? This will force the obstruction particles out the barrel end. Then dry patch the bore again, and make sure to re-seat the projectile on the powder charge. Also shoot the rifle off that night and clean it.. just to make sure.
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Just go to the doller store and get some small cheap balloons. Problem solved works on cente fire rifles also...
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