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Three types of projectiles—the round ball, the bullet, and shot—are used in muzzleloaders. Most are melted and cast from pure lead.

Round balls
are used mainly for target practice but also can be used for hunting.
Bullets
are preferred for hunting because they are generally more accurate at certain ranges.
Shot pellets
are designed to spread, just as with today’s shotguns.
Projectiles for a muzzleloader