I just bought a muzzleloader, now what?

Every year thousands of hunters purchase their first muzzleloading guns. Some of these guys have used black-powder guns in the past by borrowing them from friends.

Mike Roux relies on his THOMPSON/CENTER Pro Hunter during both firearm and muzzleloader deer seasons throughout the country.
Finding the very best components for your muzzleloading program is one of the most important parts of the process for a beginner.

The vast majority however have no actual experience with “front-stuffers.” Assuming that you might be one of these thousands or know someone who is, here are a few invaluable tips and priceless advice.

I am going to start a bit before the title might infer. We should really start by discussing what muzzleloading gun you should purchase. For the sake of this article we are going to assume we are talking about muzzleloading rifles used mostly for deer hunting. I have extensive experience on this topic.

I have taken over five dozen whitetailed and mule deer with muzzleloaders. I have shot and hunted with smoke-poles from many different manufacturers. In fact, my first muzzleloader was a .50-caliber Hawken I built from a kit.

I have never been so proud in the deer woods as the day I shot my first deer with a gun I had finished and assembled myself.

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