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How to Load your Black Powder Rifle

Hunting and shooting with a black powder gun (muzzleloader) is lots of fun. It is a bit more time consuming than using a modern rifle or shotgun. It is very important to learn how to load your weapon properly, so as to prevent misfires and accidental overloads.

Hunting with these old-style guns helps you understand how it was done by men like Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone. I even killed two deer with one shot last year! My dad was a little mad because he had to clean and dress both of them, but he still brags about it to his friends.

Even though standard muzzleloaders (usually) just give you the opportunity for one shot, they can still be very effective hunting tools. They can also be very dangerous when not handled properly!

Remember: SAFETY FIRST! Gun Safety

1) Keep black powder and Pyrodex away from open flames and
sparks!

2) Always measure your black powder/Pyrodex carefully.

3) Follow all instructions found in your owners manual.

4) Carefully follow all rules of safe gun
handling.

 
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Step 1: Measure Your Powder.

It is very important to measure your powder correctly. Not enough, and the projectile will not have adequate velocity. Too much and you could damage your weapon and injure yourself.

Get a proper powder measure, and learn how to use it. Read your instruction manual to find out the recommended powder charge. Most rifles fire well with 75gr-120gr of black powder. Never EVER substitute (or mix) modern smokeless powder for the appropriate powder (BP or Pyrodex).

Pour a little powder onto a piece of paper. Put the cap back on the black powder container. Then, pour the powder from the paper into your powder measure. I use an old school brass one, but modern clear-plastic ones are good to. You can skip the paper step if you use a small funnel, and pour the powder direcly into a measure.
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zappenfusen6 months ago

Taught my kid sound and lighting. He's making a good living at it. How to kill? Have yet to find it necessary.

sk241 year ago
I do like hunting deerthough
sk241 year ago
I'm not being mean you look like a good kid But clean your muzzleloader barrel
MakarovII1 year ago
Well you shoot your eye out kid.. i advice that be careful cause when it spark you burn like hell....
skimmo3 years ago
whats the average load time? seems like you only get one go at it then you need to set it all up again? but very informative good job:)
KentsOkay5 years ago
Finally! Stuff on guns that aren't knex... Good job, got any recommendations on where to get BP firearms and what brands/model?
Young Skunkers is out hunting with Mrs.Skunkbait. I'm waiting for the rain to stop. Anyway, Pawnshops and gunshops are a good place to start. Some Walmarts carry some pretty decent ones. On-line, you can go to gunbroker.com . Unless you're just really into cowboy/frontier stuff, I'd reccomend going with a modern inline or breakdown muzzle-loader. CVA, Traditions, and Knight make perfectly decent BP guns. But when you want (middle)high-end stuff, Thompson is the way to go. Also, if you can find one, H&R/New England Arms used to make one based on their single-barrel shotguns. You can't get any more plain/simple/reliable than that!
you'd get guns from walmart?
They mostly sell the guns you'd find in a gunshop, but few (to none) medium-high end ones. For any gun I'd carry around in the truck, or leave by the front door, a Walmart gun is fine. I've only bought a .22 rifle and a muzzleloader from them so far, but I've got no complaints.
actually, walmart has an over 100 page special order catalog with tons of guns, and they are usually cheaper than at gunstores because they are bought in bulk.

on a completely unrelated note, if you, like me, prefer the oldstyle guns (for whatever reason) CVA no longer makes those kinds of guns. only modern inlines from now on..... Curse those who shun history and deprive markets of their valueable income.!! lol. it makes me sad. if i want a nice black powder kentucky rifle or a hawken, i'm forced to go with traditions......
I did notice the old style guns were gettin scarce. Fotunately I bought a double triggered hawken-style a couple years ago. My youngest boy hunts with it. I certainly can't afford another decent one!

Didn't know that about walmart! Of course I can remember when they sold handguns from behind the counter.....
i wish they still did. there are practically no gun stores around where i live...:(
Fun fact, though: depending on precisely WHERE the Walmart is built, it may have a great selection or nothing at all. All based on the side of the street (and therefore the local jurisdiction).
ohhhh, i didn't know that... most are HUGE tho...
Thanks! What about flintlocks?
ooohh, can't you get those at teh alamoh? i saw some replicas there, not sure if they work.....
That's what I thought + they are bloody expensive...
well, 200-300 dollars isn't much for a gun, but IT'S LIEK DUDE, W T F, Y IS DAT SOOO EXPENSIVE??? for a model...
>.> <.< I'm thrifty...
Me too. You can usually get a decent usable BP gun for $175-$300. But shop around. I've bought them at pawnshops for less than a hundred. On the other hand, If you want collectible ones, they start at around $800 or so, with the sky as the limit!
ha ha, ok...
Those are lots of fun. They're a bit less reliable, but still neat to shoot. I know there are some individual gunsmiths that still turn those out (although the're quite expensive), for "Mountain Man" clubs and Revolutionary War reinactors. I wouldn't be surprised if there are a few Italian and Spanish companies still making them. Those companies have been cranking out pretty decent "historic replicas" for 30 years, and they are usually fairly inexpensive.
Hmm... what about taking a piece of pipe and making a mega cap gun? IT wouldn't fire bullets, but the flash and roar of BP is always fun...
I've played around with that sort of thing a little. Unfortunately, I don't have time to play with that sort of thing much lately. Also, SkunkbaitJr. and Skunkpunk are a little too busy DOING that sort of thing to post uch stuff on iBles!
Doof!! Tell em to at least post a slide show...
I'll tell 'em. Look at Skunkbait Jr.s profile. He has an ible using black powder. He never did get the video added though, so it's not spectacular.
Or I'll talk to there dad.... LOL
Wait so i'm not the only one who would like to see more gun ibles' ? If so I'll post some!
knex should be banned, that's how annoying they are...
Why are they annoying? you should have installed the anti-knex script...
ooohhh! I'M BEGGING YOU, PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME HOW TO GET THE SCRIPT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just search anti-knex script in the search bar...
w00t!
Good
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meh, they add color and views....
views that get in the way of the things we really want to see...
lukkbox5 years ago
a heavy conscience leads to a heavy body man is not a natural born killer
A diet of mainly vegtables is certainly healthier. But I feel kind of sad everytime a plant has to die for my dinner. Historically, men have eaten meat alongside their veggies long before you or I were here, so I'll stick to "everything in moderation". At least twice in the Bible, men are told to "kill and eat". I don't believe in wasteful hunting, but subsistence hunting ties us to our ancient roots.
your version of history is incorrect, brother

The bible your reading these days, bares no relation to the original text

its not a question of morality, i am not bothered by you killing anything, except yourself

thats a pretty silly thing to do

its a question of anatomy

here, educate thyself brother ...

http://www.mail-archive.com/mayapadaprana@googlegroups.com/msg00104.html

read it all, and inwardly digest whats presented ..

good luck

p.s. God is your inner child, death is a point between two lives at which you pay your taxes for your sins, the end leads to a new beginning ... your inner child is who you meet upon death, .... the more grown up you are, the greater your fall is

how do i know?

im the man of time and the river, the one who died while still alive, the beardless boy with a sword

anything else you want to know?

Daniel x
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