If you are fond of shooting and you are thinking about trying your luck with muzzleloader, be ready to learn that the differences between these historical weapons and conventional revolvers, rifles or shotguns are innumerable. For this reason, we wanted to prepare a post in which we give you a series of tips and key points that will allow you to master the shot with muzzleloader weapons. Are you interested? Well pay attention and take note. And first of all, the first thing you should keep in mind is that muzzleloader weapons can only be loaded in the front, and that they only work with black powder.
Gunpowder and Ammunition
The key is choosing the right gunpowder for your muzzleloader weapon, which regardless of the weapon model, must be black powder. It’s equally important to properly clean the guns in an efficient manner and with a certain regularity since gunpowder can rust the gun if it is not treated properly. As for the ammunition, you must choose the most appropriate and efficient for your muzzleloader weapon. There are different options, having to choose between cylindrical bullets and conical bullets, always with a cap that covers the bullet and ensures maximum efficiency and safety in the shot.
Use Patches, Lubricant and Wadding
Because of the experience we have, we recommend that you have patches, lubricant, and wadding at hand. It is true that the vast majority of ammunition for this type of weapons have cotton patches, which fulfill the function of placing the bullet directly against the powder charge. The wadding is recommendable since it will be installed just in the back part of the projectile to cover the caliber, although in some cases it is also possible that it is located in the front to try to prevent the bullets from falling down the side of the barrel.
The lubricant will help reduce the possible friction that will occur, enjoying greater effectiveness and making it work even better. Such is its effectiveness that many people bet to lubricate the barrel of the weapon after each shot, thus facilitating the reloading of ammunition.
What to keep in mind when firing?
Keep the Gun Steady
To have the maximum safety and improve your aim, it is essential that you keep the weapon firm, and that in the case of rifles and shotguns, you lean them directly against the shoulder. Bring the hammer of the weapon back and aim, always making sure that there is no one behind or in front of you to prevent any problems or injuries.
If you want to hit the target, aim well, and take the time needed to do so. We recommend that you look towards the bottom of the canyon through the peephole, and when you get to align it with the target, take a deep breath and try to keep your breath so that you have less chance of losing the target.
The Safety Catch
Sometimes we don’t remember that we must remove the safety catch, so we recommend you make sure before you pull the trigger. Before firing, also make sure there are no traces of smoke from the previous shots.