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Smokey 92
December 19, 2009, 02:33 PM
New to 209 ML's. As normal practice I fire three primers on an empty barrel to clear any moisture that may be present, then load. Currently using Federal 209A shotshell primers (a/c BH 209powder). After a unsuccessful hunt I decided to leave the charge in and removed the primer. After arriving home I ran a patch down to the bullet and it came out like I had actually fired a few rounds through the rifle. Is this normal?

December 19, 2009, 02:51 PM
if you fired 3 primers when the barrel was empty, the primer soot was still left in the bore. Totally normal.

Smokey 92
December 19, 2009, 03:53 PM
Thanks FG. Should I wipe the barrel after firing the primers and before loading?

December 19, 2009, 04:45 PM
Most hunters never fire a primer in an empty barrel. We run a patch into the bore before loading to remove any oil that may be present.

December 19, 2009, 08:47 PM
You can run a patch down and hold the ramrod and then fire a primer and it will blow what ever onto the patch and not down the barrel. Hold on to the ramrod, or it will blow it about 3 feet out of the barrel.

Unless you put a lot of oil in the barrel I don't think it is neccessary. I do it with my sidehammer gun but not with my inline.

December 20, 2009, 07:54 AM
Not that your wrong or that it hurts anything, some rifles shoot better with sooted barrel, but why '3' primers?

Just have never had the need to fire that many before loading to hunt. Especially using rifle with 209 ign. system. IMO,Just a bit more soot shooting that many.

If I prep my rifle correctly before a hunt, most of the time I don`t fire any.
Usually day before hunt, I'll make sure bore,flash hole and breach plug area is as clean as I can get it. A final alcohol swab down the bore and breach plug/nipple dipped in alcohol removes any excess moisture. Lightly anti-seize breach plug threads and inst. breach plug.

At this point I know everythings clean and dry. With good open flash hole.

P.S. Also try Remington Kleanbore primers. They seem to be cleaner than the Federals.
Morning of the hunt, run dry patch down bore and load. Since cleaning and loading has been done in house with no temperature change, no moisture.