Pyrodex, while cleaner burning, is somewhat harder to ignite than Black Powder. If while shooting, you should experience a misfire, hold the firearm downrange and treat the firearm as if it could go off at any minute - it might. After waiting at least one minute, clean out the nipple port or flashhole using your nipple pick. Replace the priming charge(flint lock) or percussion cap (or primer) and try firing the rifle again. Continue to point the firearm downrange while clearing ignition ports and repriming to prevent injury in the event of a discharge. If, after several tries, the firearm still refuses to fire, then the charge must be deactivated and pulled (See section on "Pulling a Charge"). FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE INSTRUCTIONS MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO THE FIREARM AND INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
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