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  • how do you load a muzzle loader. and where can i buy all the stuff you need to load it

    how do you load a muzzle loader. and where can i buy all the stuff you need to load it

  • #2
    oh boy. it's really not something that anyone is going to be able to tell you in an answer column. my best bet for you is to find somebody that does know how, and have them teach you. as for the stuff you need, you might want to check a local hunting store of some kind. also, if you look on the internet you might be able to find some sources.

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    • #3
      Read the owners manual. If you don't have one get one!

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      • #4
        I would say go to Cabelas, Bass pro, scheels, etc., and just get a complete starter kit. They sually come with guides, instructions, and sometimes dvds, for a beginner this would be a good bet.

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        • #5
          It depends on what brand of gun you have. I would say to go to Gander Moutain, or Cabelas.

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          • #6
            wal mart will have everything needed - first load the powder, then put some bore butter on the wad/bullet before u put it in next, then put on your primer and shoot

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            • #7
              buy a kit and read the manual if it didn't come with one download it off the net. It's not hard, just keep it clean and oiled they rust A LOT faster than rifles.

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              • #8
                Depends on the type of muzzleloader you are working with. Always read and follow the directions that come with your muzzleloader. With inline guns most folks typically shoot the pellet type powders. Pyrodex and Pyrodex 777 are the most common. Don't try to knock down walls with your loads. Two pellets (typically 50 grains each) is more than enough powder for the job even though many of the guns claim 150 grains as a top load. Projectile wise you have a lot of choices. One of the most popular is the Powerbelt bullet. There are other similar designs, sabots, and even lubed lead bullets.
                Most inlines use 209 shot shell primers now, older inlines used musket caps or even #11 percussion caps. Read you manual and make sure of your priming system. The loading process is simple. Run a clean patch down the bore to remove excess oil. I like to fire 3-4 caps through the gun to help dry up oil or moisture before loading, this also helps to "foul" the barrel and enhance cold bore accuracy. Point the muzzle in a safe direction when popping caps. I like to point it at the ground, watch for blades of grass or leaves to move as the cap fires, this shows the flash channel of the muzzleloader is open. Once you have popped the caps, place the muzzle of the rifle on the ground between your feet with the muzzle leaning away from you. Drop in the pellets with the correct end down and use your rod to make sure they are seated correctly ontop of the breech plug. Take your projectile and thumb it into the bore, use your short starter to start it down the bore and finish seating it with your rod. Make sure it is seated on top of the powder. Once you have the load seated mark your ram rod to indicate the correct seating depth. This will allow you to check for a loose projectile or correct seating depth with a fouled bore (after fireing a couple of shots) in the future. Prime your fire arm per directions and you are ready to fire.

                Surprisingly Wal Mart has a very complete muzzleloading department in the stores I have been in. Bass Pro, Cabela's, Sportsman's Warehouse, Gander Mountain and many local stores will have what you need.

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                • #9
                  Agreed with Beekeeper answer above and A + 1 for you sir!!!

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