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Question by pennst8hunter. Uploaded on September 28, 2009
You can as long as you're careful to make sure the powder doesn't pull moisture from the air. I may be wrong on who, but I believe it was Jesse James who reloaded his black powder revolver every morning, just to be sure.
Yes, I've always understood that the powder won't damage your barrel until it's fired. Like mcdlacrosse said, reliability would be your bigger concern, but the cylinder should be fine. If you use pre-lubed wads, they may impart a little more moisture too over time.
Everybody I know, once they load their blackpowder rifle, seems to just leave it loaded all season and keeps it dry is all. I suspect some of them leave it loaded from one season to the next, even, but without a cap on of course. I am afraid I have been influenced by these guys, but I never keep it loaded from season to season!
Manufacturers are going to keep telling you this: if you load it one day, fire it that day, and clean it that day. So you are going to be faced with the same thing I think: can I risk going against recommendation for convenience? I have heard if you live in a real dry climate you will be in better shape with that.
I tried not to with my small revolver (.32 cal). Like the poster above who warns moisture could be a problem, I couldn't figure out what to do to seal the primer hole if I took the caps off.
Should'nt be a problem, moisture will be. you can buy moisture removers for a couple of dollars that pull moisture from the insides of cabinets and gun safes. A can of salt will do the same thing and for much cheaper.
i wouldnt suggest it. it probably wont hurt your gun, but it could ruin the powder if moisture got to it. if it were me, i would not. store the cylnder empty and reload it so you can be sure that all of the powder will be fresh and dry.
There is a basic problem with your suggestion. If you store the cylinder without caps, then you are faced with placing caps on the (loaded) cylinder to shoot your loads. Strikes me as not being something I'd want to do very often. If you are planning on storing a cylinder you have already loaded, are you going to pry the loaded caps off the loaded cylinders? To make a long story short, I don't believe it's a good idea. Just like reloading ammunition and adding the primers last, it's a good way to get hurt!!!
Why leave the caps off at all? Then there wouldn't be a problem. That's the way Pony Express riders carried extra loads for their black powder revolvers.
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