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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.

CO2 Discharger
CO2 discharger, used to remove the projectile and powder charge