Loading Conical Lead Bullets or Sabots When Using loose Black Powder or Granular Pyrodex

The procedures for loading sabots or conical bullets when using loose Black Powder or loose Pyrodex® are basically the same. Care should be taken to seat the bullet or sabot firmly against the powder charge. Do not pound on it. Again, mark your ramrod at the muzzle, ensuring that each time you seat a bullet on the powder the projectile is seated to the same depth.

If you are loading an all-lead conical bullet like T/C's Maxi-Ball® or Maxi-Hunter®, proceed as follows; do not use any kind of cloth patch with these projectiles. They should be lubricated prior to loading, and are designed to be shot as cast (not sized further). T/C Maxi-Balls and Maxi-Hunters come from the factory prelubri-cated. However, if you find some unlubricated bullets, we recommend that you lubricate these bullets with an all-natural lubricant, free of petroleum, like T/C Natural Lube 1000 Plus Bore Butter. When loading a Maxi-Ball or Maxi-Hunter bullet into the muzzle, you will note how only the forward most bearing band grooves to the rifling when loading. The base of the bullet upsets (increases in diameter) upon firing, causing it to fill the grooves, thus stabilizing the projectile and aiding accuracy.

When loading sabots, do not lubricate them. They are intended to be loaded into the muzzleloader just as they come from the package. In fact, for best results, it is recommended that all evidence of oil or lubricant be removed from the bore before loading a sabot - the drier the bore the better in terms of optimal accuracy.

Hold the rifle as pictured on page 22 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 projectile will enter the bore easily with finger pressure. Drive the projectile down about four inches into the barrel with the rod end of the bullet starter. Using the ramrod, push the projectile the remainder of the way down the barrel until it contacts the powder charge. The sabot or conical bullet must be seated firmly against the powder charge. Seat the projectile with exactly the same pressure shot after shot to aid in accuracy.

Remove the ramrod from the bore and return it to the thimbles before you prime the firearm.

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Push the projectile down the barrel and seat it firmly against the powder charge.

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Once the projectile is seated firmly against the powder charge, mark your ramrod to indicate the correct loaded depth of the powder plus the projectile. This will allow you to ensure that each projectile is seated to the same depth before firing. Re-mark the ramrod each time you adjust the powder charge or change projectiles. When you arrive at the desired charge, mark the ramrod so you have a permanent reference mark. When the powder charge or projectile are then changed, the reference mark should also be changed to indicate the new correct load length.

A WARNING: NEVER FIRE A MUZ-ZLELOADER UNLESS YOU ARE SURE THE PROJECTILE IS PROPERLY SEATED ON THE POWDER CHARGE AND THE RAMROD HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE BORE. SHOOTERS SHOULD BEAR IN MIND THAT THE MUZZLELOADING PROJECTILE IS NOT CRIMPED INTO POSITION AS IS THE FIXED CARTRIDGE PROJECTILE. IF A PROJECTILE DOES NOT FIT TIGHTLY THEN JARRING OR MOVEMENT OF THE FIREARM CAN CAUSE IT TO MOVE FORWARD IN A MUZZLELOADER. IF THE FIREARM IS FIRED WHEN A PROJECTILE IS FORWARD OR OFF THE POWDER CHARGE,OR THE RAMROD IS STILL IN THE BORE, THEN THE PROJECTILE OR RAMROD MAY ACT AS A BORE OBSTRUCTION. THIS CAN CAUSE A RUPTURED OR BURST BARREL. A RUPTURED OR BURST BARREL MAY CAUSE INJURY AND/OR DEATH TO THE SHOOTER OR BYSTANDERS AND DAMAGE TO PROPERTY. IF, DUE TO FOULING, A BULLET OR BALL BECOMES LODGED PART WAY DOWN THE BARREL, THE FIREARM MUST BE DISASSEMBLED AND THE CHARGE REMOVED. SEE SECTION ON "CLEANING". ALSO SEE SECTION ON "UNLOADING AND UNCHARGING".

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