Muzzleloader Hunting Rifles Safety (Video)
Safety must be the first consideration when using any firearm and a muzzleloader rifle is no exception. Standard rules of firearm safety apply. Never point your firearm’s muzzle in an unsafe direction; never shoot unless you’re sure of a safe background; always keep the safety on until you’re ready to shoot; always wear eye/ear protection when appropriate; etc.
However, because of their uniqueness, muzzleloaders require additional, special caution. Here are rules all muzzleloader rifle hunters must follow to ensure their safety and that of their hunting companions.
Never cap a muzzleloader until you’re on stand and ready to hunt. Always leave a muzzleloader uncapped when climbing/descending a stand, crossing a fence or a gully, etc.
When loading, make sure the charge is firmly seated in the breech. Use a pre-set mark on the ramrod to determine that charge is properly set.
Use only powder that’s certified by the muzzleloader’s manufacturer.
When firing, if proper ignition is not achieved, keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Delayed ignition may occur.
Don’t use lubricants when loading with sabots/bullets.
Never store a loaded muzzleloader for extended periods.