Vermont Hunter Safety Course

 

Loading and Firing a Muzzleloading Firearm

Loading and firing a muzzleloading firearm can be a pretty impressive sight if you've never seen it done before. Make sure you have an experienced muzzleloader shooter around to show you and answer any questions you might have.

Safety checklist

  1. Always read the owner's manual for any firearm.
  2. Always ensure the firearm is pointed upward and away from your face and body for loading.
  3. Use a stable rest for your firearm so it doesn't tip over.
  4. Check to see if the muzzleloader is loaded by inserting a pre-marked ramrod into the barrel.
  5. When the mark on the ramrod disappears into the barrel, this means the firearm is unloaded.
  6. Begin steps to load the firearm consistent with the manufacturer's instructions.


 
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