Safety Considerations Unique To Muzzleloaders

1. Never smoke when shooting or handling a muzzleloader or related equipment. Ashes and/or loose sparks may cause powder or caps to ignite, resulting in personal injury or death.

2. Always wear eye protection. Flying debris from the breech area and muzzle are always a possibility with any muzzleloader.

3. Never pour powder into a muzzleloader directly from a flask, horn or any large volume, enclosed container. Hot embers in the barrel could cause the container to explode.

4. All powder storage containers and percussion caps should be kept well away from the area where shooting is to be conducted. Sparks from shooting can cause accidental ignition of these devices. Follow all manufacturers instructions for long term storage of powder, percussion caps and primers.

5. Use only Blackpowder or an approved blackpowder substitute in your muzzleloading firearms. The only approved blackpowder substitutes are; Pyrodex and Pyrodex Pellets, Triple 7 Powder & Triple 7 Pellets, Pioneer Powder & Pioneer Powder Stix, Clean Shot Powder & Clean Shot Pellets, and Clear Shot powder. NEVER USE MODERN SMOKELESS POWDER IN ANY MUZZLELOADER. The use of any amount of smokeless powder in a muzzleloader will create dangerously high pressures upon ignition, which may result in severe injury or death to the shooter and/or bystanders, and will void the warranty.

6. Always check to ensure that your muzzleloader is in good working condition before use. Test the hammer, trigger, and breeching lever carefully prior to loading. Check the barrel for any obstructions, as any blockage may cause the gun to explode.

7. Use only recommended loading data for the particular model of rifle in use. Different models have different powder charge and projectile capabilities. Improper loading or overloading of a muzzleloading firearm may result in severe injury or death.

8. Never prime or cap a firearm until you are ready to fire. Primer/cap should always be removed when walking, climbing trees or fences, transferring the gun from one person to another, leaving the gun unattended, etc.

9. Never lean or rest a loaded muzzleloader against a tree, wall, vehicle or other surface. Any fall of the loaded gun may cause accidental discharge resulting in severe injury or death to bystanders.

10. Never transport a loaded muzzleloader in any type of vehicle. A muzzle-loader is considered loaded until powder, bullet and percussion cap are removed.

11. Never exchange a loaded muzzleloader with any other person. Only the party who personally loaded or witnessed the loading of the muzzle-loader should fire it. This practice will help prevent overloading or doubleloading, which may cause severe injury or death.

12. Never store a loaded muzzleloader. Muzzleloaders should be unloaded and cleaned prior to any storage.

13. Never load a muzzleloader without first making sure that it is unloaded.

14. Exercise extreme caution when hunting from treestands with muzzleloaders. The dropping of a loaded muzzleloader may cause accidental discharge leading to severe injury or death. Be sure the primer/cap is removed whenever raising or lowering the firearm.

15. Never allow the hammer or bolt of a muzzleloader to rest against the cap. Any impact to the hammer or bolt could cause accidental discharge.

16. Never rely upon a mechanical safety. Muzzleloaders should always be handled as if ready to fire, regardless of the safety systems employed.

17. Always use proper cleaning procedures. Firing of an improperly maintained muzzleloader may lead to unsafe pressure conditions, resulting in severe injury or death.

18. Make sure that the projectile is firmly seated against the powder charge. "Short starting" of the projectile may cause the gun to explode.

19. Always keep the muzzle of the gun pointed in a safe direction while loading. Never lean over the muzzle while loading.

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