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Loading a muzzleloader

Always follow proper safety procedures on the range and while hunting.

  • Never smoke.
  • Never load near an open flame.
  • Keep a distance of at least 10 feet between the loading station and the firing line.
  • Store all powder that is not currently in use at the loading station. Choose a storage location that is secure and away from all activities.
  • Leave all percussion caps at the firing line.
  • Wear eye and ear protection while loading or firing a muzzleloader.
  • Focus closely on the task at hand. Loading a muzzleloader takes many steps. Distractions can cause you to skip, or repeat, steps. This can be very dangerous.
  • Point the muzzle away from your face and body. Minimize the amount of time that any part of your hand covers the muzzle when loading. Except when using the ball-starter, never place your palm or thumb over the end of a loading rod.
Measuring to safely load a muzzleloader
OK to start loading
Ramming a load into a muzzleloader
Incorrect way to load a muzzleloader