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    Loaded gun purchase!

    Picked up a decent deal on a musket from a reenactors estate. Bore was so dusty I couldn?t see down it with a bore light. Price was right so I took it anyway. Got it home and went to clean the bore and rod stopped 6? from the bottom. Bore down that far is like new. I tried my bullet puller and couldn?t get it. Then the worm which worked and pulled a three ringer out. Heavily wrinkled bullet from a cold mold.
    The power didn?t dump out so I figured a wire patch remover would break it up. Well......I pull a piece of t-shirt material out being used as a wad. Back in with the patch puller to loosen up more and out rolls about 2 ounces of what looks like #7 shot. Back in again and another piece of t-shirt material. Took a couple more trips in to loosen the compressed powder but got 310 GRAINS OF 3F out of there!
    I can only imagine the catastrophic failure that would have occurred if someone has snapped a cap and it went off.

    On a side note, I stuck my endoscope down the bore and even at the bottom it?s like brand new. I fully expected rust/pitting where this monster load has resided since the 90?s.
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    This is a good reminder to all, to always check any muzzle loading arm to determine whether it was put away while still loaded. There is no end to the "stories" of people acquiring loaded muzzle loading arms, and the number of mishaps which have also occurred because of that.

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    Loaded Potsdam

    We ordered a Potsdam from a big outfit in Dallas and checked after we received it and yup still loaded. We figured that the bore was bad so I deactivated the load. The ball would not come out so I drilled through the ball and soaked it with oil. I informed them of the problem and what I did and returned it to them.
    i also had a Sheriff?s deputy contact me to help him with a pair of dueling pistols that were still loaded.i was able to get the charges out successfully. ALWAYS check old muzzleloaders to see if they were loaded.

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    This reminds me....

    of a Gent who used to run a gunshop in Towson, Maryland. He did gun smith work in a room in the back of the shop. One afternoon someone brought in a musket barrel that they couldn't get the breech plug loose.
    He chucked the barrel in a vise on his workbench and applied an gas torch to it.

    Guess what??

    He used a can of red spray paint to make a big red circle around the hole in the cinder block wall to remind him to always check any weapon that came in to see if it was loaded.

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    On a side note, I stuck my endoscope down the bore and even at the bottom it?s like brand new. I fully expected rust/pitting where this monster load has resided since the 90?s.
    Just another anecdote to show that unfired black powder is not hygroscopic.

    Steve

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    I can't tell you how many over the years I've found loaded, quite a few. I check them all when I get my hands on an old one.

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