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Muzzleloader and Black Powder Information

Articles, building a muzzleloading rifle, muzzleloader manufacturers, how to make black powder, hunting with muzzleloaders, and other items of interest to muzzleloader hunters and shooters.

Definition of Flintlock
What does Flintlock mean, and how does it relate to a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Flash in the Pan
What is a flash in the pan, and how does it relate to a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Touch Hole
What is a touch hole, and how does it relate to a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Percussion
What is percussion, and what does it do mean regarding a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Percussion Cap
What is a percussion cap, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Musket Cap
What is a musket cap, and how does it relate to a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Chain Fire or Chain Firing
What is chain firing or chain fire, and what does it mean for a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Nipple
What is a nipple, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

Definition of Ramrod
What is a ramrod, and what is it good for? Read this article to find out.

Definition of Blunderbuss - What is a Blunderbuss?
What, exactly, is a blunderbuss? Generally speaking, it's a smoothbore firearm with a flared or belled muzzle...

How to Load a Black Powder Pistol With Blanks
How to Load a Black Powder Pistol With Blanks - reenactors and other folks like to shoot blanks in their black powder cap and ball revolvers and/or single-shot pistols. This article provides some suggestions for how to load blanks in a muzzle loading handgun, and I believe they would work with rifles also.

Load Information for Thompson/Center Seneca, Renegade, & Hawken Rifles
Muzzleloader black powder load data for traditional sidelock rifles including Thompson/Center (T/C) Seneca, Renegade, and Hawken black powder muzzleloading rifles. This data is straight from T/C, compiled more than two decades ago when sidelock rifles ruled the muzzleloading world.

In-depth Review of Savage Model 10ML-II Smokeless-Capable Muzzleloading Rifle
This is a more detailed review of the Savage 10 ML-II muzzleloading rifle, which is the only widely-available muzzleloading rifle that will safely shoot smokeless powder loads. The rifle is 50 caliber and does well with black powder as well as several smokeless powder I have tried in it.

Review of Savage Model 10ML-II Smokeless-Capable Muzzleloading Rifle
This is an awesome rifle. Savage is the one and only manufacturer making a rifle that can handle smokeless powder. That means DO NOT SHOOT SMOKELESS POWDER in any other muzzleloading rifle unless it is expressly marked as such (a few custom rifles will handle it). I love this rifle and what it's capable of, especially since the price is lower than other inlines that lack its flexibility. This rifle shoots black powder very well, and will also burn smokeless, Pyrodex, and 777. Me, I'm hooked.

Definition of Black Powder
Definition of Black Powder

How to Load a Traditional Muzzleloading Black Powder Rifle
How to load a traditional muzzleloading black powder rifle. These older-style poppers are losing ground to inline rifles, and info is getting harder to find. Here is a step-by-step instructional text on how to load those rifles.

Definition of Muzzleloading
Definition of Muzzleloading

Muzzleloader Bullet Starters
Bullet starters are great tools, and are easy to build. Most commercialy-available starters fall short of being as useful as they could be. The solution? Make your own!

Smokelesspole!
Smoke(less)pole - I have finally come around on the subject of inline muzzleloading rifles. For many years, I stuck with my trusty old-fashioned sidelock muzzleloaders, but I have seen the light at the end of the in-line barrel.

Some Thoughts on Black Powder Hunting - Modern vs. Traditional Muzzleloaders
Some Thoughts on Black Powder Hunting - Modern vs. Traditional Muzzleloaders, by Russ Chastain

Building a Muzzleloading Rifle From a Kit
I've always liked building, and guns. So why not combine the two? Well, that's just what I've done! Check out this how-I-did-it article on the building of a CVA Hawken Rifle from a Kit. Seventeen pages full of info and pics, and 92 pages of larger images. The article was more work than building the rifle! Hope you find it interesting.

CVA (Connecticut Valley Arms)
CVA makes both traditional and inline muzzleloaders, bullets and accessories.

Dixie Gun Works
This company has been around for years. These folks are "specialists in muzzleloading & rare antique gun supplies."

Home Manufacture of Black Powder
How at least one old-timer made his own black powder...

Knight
Knight makes inline muzzleloaders and accessories.

National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (NMLRA)
A black-powder shooters' group.

Pecatonica River Long Rifle Supply Co.
This company offers quality parts for building muzzleloading rifles of many types - literally lock, stock, and barrel.

Precision Rifle Custom Muzzleloader Bullets
These folks offer an extensive line of impressive-sonding custom muzzleloader bullets.

Pyrodex
A muzzleloading propellant which was, for many years, the only alternative to black powder.

Reloadammo.com
"M.D. Smith's Reloading Pages." This site has a lot of great info on reloading smokeless cartridges, he also has some black powder stuff. Scroll down to the "black powder muzzle loading" section near the bottom, he has three pages on BP.

Schuetzen Powder
These folks make Swiss black powder and Schuetzen Black Powder.

Thompson/Center Arms
Thompson/Center's home page. From flintlocks to caplocks to inlines, T/C offers a little bit of everything related to muzzleloading.

Traditions
Traditions makes both inline muzzleloaders and breech-loading guns.

Uberti, USA
A nice site featuring some of Uberti's fine reproduction black powder and modern-cartridge guns.

White Muzzleloading Rifles
Both sidelock and inline muzzleloading rifles.

Definition of Pan on a Muzzleloading Gun (Rifle or Pistol)
What is a pan, and what does it do in a gun or firearm? Learn about it here.

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