The very basics of how a flintlock rifle works.
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Have you ever dreamed of returning to the thrilling days of the mountain men? Or of sharing in the adventures of such wilderness heroes as Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone, or Jim Bridger? Many people are attempting to experience a part of those days through black powder or muzzleloader shooting. The rifles that these modern mountain men use are replicas of the weapons used by the original frontiersmen. Not only are black powder weapons just plain fun to shoot, but the muzzle-loading rifle is an effective hunting weapon. Many states have established special seasons for hunters using muzzleloaders, and this has increased the popularity of the weapon.
This publication is meant as a guide for those just starting out as black powder shooters, but it may also serve as a reference for more accomplished muzzleloader enthusiasts.
Basics of Muzzleloading (pdf)
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