Loading Use of a Thunder Hawk

IMPROPERLY CHARGING YOUR T/C MUZZLE-LOADING RIFLE CAN BE DANGEROUS. STUDY THIS PHOTO CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING.

Barrel held securely with -rn muzzle upwards - direct- ^ ed away from your body.

Use Black Powder or Pyrodex ONLY! Use a T/C graduated powder measure only and do not overcharge. NEVER charge directly from a powder flask, can or powder horn.

Rifle unprimed with the striker in the "Safety" position.

Rifle unprimed with the striker in the "Safety" position.

Stay mentally alert. This task requires your complete attention.

Eyes, ears & arms protected.

Do Not Smoke while loading any muzzle-loader.

Keep components & reserve powder well away from the firearm.

Stay mentally alert. This task requires your complete attention.

Eyes, ears & arms protected.

Do Not Smoke while loading any muzzle-loader.

Keep components & reserve powder well away from the firearm.

Butt resting firmly on the ground & supported by the side of the shooter's foot to prevent slipping.

Loading And Use of a ThunderHawk®

in Photo "A", and apply pressure until the ball starts into the barrel. A tightly patched ball will require a good deal of pressure and it starts suddenly. It will usually "snap" smartly into the barrel flush with the muzzle.

PHOTO A

Start the ball with the stubby end of the Bullet Starter. A tight fitting combination will load smartly. Never attempt to start the ball with the ramrod. Used improperly the ramrod will break and possibly injure your hand.

Once the ball is started, reverse the bullet starter, as shown in Photo "B", and place the rod end on the top of the ball. With a sharp blow of the hand, drive the ball down about four inches into the barrel. The ball and patch have now been formed to the rifling and will (if the bore is not fouled) load easily from this point.

PHOTO B

Drive the ball down into the barrel with one sharp blow. Never attempt to start the ball with the ramrod. Used improperly the ramrod will break and possibly injure your hand.

Using short strokes with the ramrod, push the ball the remainder of the way down the barrel until it contacts the powder charge. Seat the ball firmly against the powder charge but do not pound on it. Pounding on the ramrod will deform the ball. A deformed ball will not shoot accurately. Load and seat each ball with exactly the same pressure, shot after shot. With successive shots, fouling in the bore may build up in sufficient quantity to make loading more difficult, or even impossible. When using a petroleum based lubricant, the buildup will be much more apparent, and cleaning between shots will be necessary. When using an all-natural lubricant such as T/C Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter in keeping with the "all natural approach, this buildup will be far less, and cleaning between shots will not be necessary. BUT, if for any reason you experience progressively more difficult loading due to buildup of fouling, you must clean the bore, or safe loading will become impossible. See the sections on "Cleaning" and on "Pulling a Charge".

PHOTO C

Use the ramrod to push the ball down the barrel and to seat it against the charge.

Once the ball has been loaded, it is necessary to carefully mark your ramrod at the muzzle. A reference mark on the ramrod will allow you to ensure that all projectiles are seated to the same depth (Photo "D").

PHOTO D

Mark the ramrod at the muzzle. Use a marking pencil to mark the ramrod. This will allow you to ensure that each ball is seated to the same depth. Erase and remark each time you adjust the charge or change projectiles. When you arrive at the desired charge, cut a clean notch in the ramrod so you will have a permanent reference mark. This reference mark will serve as an indicator only with the charge and projectile used when it was marked. When the charge and/or projectile change, the reference mark will also change.

If you are loading an all-lead conical like T/C's MAXI-BALL® or MAXI-HUNTER® or a sabot like T/C's Mag Express Sabot, proceed as follows; Do not use a cloth patch with these projectiles. Wipe the oil from the bore and follow the precharging instructions given for your particular style of rifle. Use Black Powder or Pyrodex only.

Start with the lightest charges listed in our loading chart for your caliber. Use T/C graduated powder measure and measure each charge carefully. Lubricate conical bullets with Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter as shown in Photo "E". Sabots do not have to be lubricated. The Maxi-Ball® and Maxi-Hunter® are designed to be shot as cast (not sized). Sizing will alter the diameter of the forward bearing band. This destroys the accuracy of the projectile and dangerously decreases its diameter (a loose fitting projectile can move off the powder charge). When loading a Maxi-Ball or Maxi-Hunter bullet, you will note how only the forward most bearing band graves to the rifling when loading. The base of the bullet upsets (increases in diameter) on firing causing it to fill the grooves thus stabilizing the projectile.

PHOTO E

FORWARD BEARING BAND (SLIGHTLY OVER BORE DIA.) GRAVES TO RIFLING WHEN LOADING. THE BASE & REAR BEARING BAND ARE SLIGHTLY UNDER BORE DIAMETER TO ENSURE THAT THE BULLET STARTS EASILY AND ALIGNS PROPERLY. The base of the bullet enters the bore (straight) with only thumb pressure. Pressure of the bullet starter graves the forward bearing band to the rifling as it enters the muzzle.

Hold the rifle as pictured on page 31 and pour your measured powder charge into the barrel. Start the lubricated bullet or sabot into the bore with your fingers. The base of the bullet and the rear bearing band will enter the bore easily with finger pressure. The projectile will hang-up when the forward bearing band reaches the muzzle. The diameter of the forward bearing band is somewhat larger than the rest of the bullet and must be engraved to the muzzle to ensure a snug fit. Start the projectile into the muzzle with the stubby end of the bullet starter. Reverse the starter and drive the projectile down about four inches into the barrel with the rod end of the starter. Using short strokes with the ramrod, push the projectile the remainder of the way down the barrel until it contacts the powder charge. As with the round ball, the lead bullet or sabot must be seated firmly against the powder charge. Seat the projectile with exactly the same pressure shot after shot. Study Photo "F".

Remove the ramrod before you prime the firearm.

PHOTO F

Use the ramrod to push the bullet down the barrel and to seat it against the powder charge.

PROJECTILES MUST ALWAYS BE SEATED FIRMLY AGAINST THE POWDER CHARGE.

After the projectile is seated tightly against the charge, mark your ramrod in the same manner as previously instructed when loading a round ball.

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