With modern rifles that keep coming out on a yearly basis, the concept of muzzleloaders has been a dormant subject of interest for most hunters, but given to the initial design of flintlock rifles in the past, they can be very unpredictable if not handled properly.
Nowadays, the number of muzzleloader gun users has been increasing, somewhat in a way the old west and their six shooter as they had to make every shot count. Of course the pressure is always there, trying to get ahead of those who use rifles that have no problems when it comes to ease of using a weapon to win their prize. The initial design of today’s muzzleloader has changed dramatically, even though the concept is the same. Safe, better ease when firing and can be fitted with a scope to narrow down the margin of error once the ball zips through, this could mean a whole new level for muzzleloader hunters.
Muzzleloaders work with a variety of tools, being the ramrod T-handle is the most important since it helps in assisting the ball or sabot into the barrel once the propellant has been loaded. Aside from that are the powder flask, powder measurer, cappers and speed loaders. Sure it’s a lot of gear to take, but in essence of a traditional hunt like the pioneering days, muzzleloader rifles take on a whole different level. When it come to cleaning, it’s more than just swabbing the barrel with a wire brush. Nowadays, cleaning chemicals are available to make cleaning as easy as it should be without the hassle.
Several States also noticed the trend of muzzleloaders and though they do know the imitations of such a weapon, they offer new seasons for those who hunt with muzzleloaders, allowing a better opportunity. It’s not that having a muzzleloader is considered a handicap, but it’s more of keeping the game as fair as possible without the risk of high-tension competition involved. As for tactics, there’s not much difference, especially when the deer is on a rut and decoys and grunt calls can be used to bring the animal in range of a muzzleloader.
When taking up an interest in muzzleloader rifles, a few things need to come to mind. Carrying around a powder flask is no joke, but if practiced common sense, there shouldn’t be any danger. Today, there are a few firing ranges that offer muzzleloaders, and he people using them are the friendly types. So if the hunter wants to try out muzzleloaders, it will definitely be a blast.