Any tips on hunting with BP rifles? I've got a CVA traditional style (side lock) .50 cal that I use with patched round balls (I'm trying to stay away from "high-tech" with this gun, else I'd just get an inline and defeat why I shoot Black Powder). At the range it is reliable and very accurate. My question is this: last year I loaded it for muzzleloading season and never got a shot at a deer. At the end of the season I brought it to a safe spot and fired it, and only the cap went off. After trying again, the third cap to fire finally set off the charge. Before I screw up with a real shot this year, is there anything I should do? Unload after each day? Seal the lock? Find a stupid deer that will let me shoot 2 caps before the gun goes 'bang'? Any ideas. Thanks for any help.