Unloading a Muzzleloader
The easiest way to unload a muzzleloader is by discharging it into a suitable backstop. Do not fire into the air or into the ground at your feet in case the projectile ricochets.
Additional unloading methods include using a traditional ball puller, using a CO2 ball discharger, or removing the bolt on a modern in-line gun and pushing the load out the breech end.
When a muzzleloader is unloaded, place your ramrod or loading rod in the barrel before leaning the firearm against a good rest—this will prevent debris from falling down the barrel and blocking the touchhole.