Unloading a Muzzleloader
There are four basic methods for unloading a muzzleloader when you are finished hunting for the day.
- Point the muzzleloader at a suitable backstop.
- Ensure that no one is in front of your position.
- Discharge into the backstop.
- CO2 Discharger (Safest Method)
- Follow the manufacturer’s directions.
- Place the discharger on the nipple or in the flash hole.
- Point the muzzle in a safe direction.
- Discharge the bullet and powder.
- Modern In-Line Muzzleloader
- Remove the breech plug.
- Push the projectile and powder out the rear of the barrel.
- Un-Priming (Most dangerous and to be used only if absolutely necessary)
- Remove the cap from the nipple or the powder from the pan.
- Cover the flash hole.
- Use a bullet puller to remove the bullet and pour out the powder.
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 touch hole.