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 33 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.

POWDER CHARGE.

MUST ALWAYS BE SEATED FIRMLY AGAINST THE

Using short strokes with the ra push the projectile down the barrel and to seat it against the powder charge.

PROJECTILES

PHOTO F

Using short strokes with the ra push the projectile down the barrel and to seat it against the powder charge.

After the projectile is seated tightly against the charge, mark your ramrod in the same manner as previously instructed to indicate the correct loaded depth of the powder plus the projectile (as shown on page 35).

Never lire a muzzleloader unless you are sure the projectile is firmly 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. 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 "Pulling a Charge".

Priming Your Charged T/C In-Line muzzleloader. If you have followed the preceding instructions your firearm will now be charged with Black Powder or Pyrodex and a projectile will be firmly seated against the powder charge. Your ramrod will be marked to the exact seating depth allowing you to ensure that each future projectile is seated in the same careful manner.

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