Your .54 caliber muzzleloader will be useless without being loaded with ammunition all the time. Therefore, it is necessary that once it becomes empty, you need to perform a reloading process, especially if you are in the middle of a targeting operation. But how can you possibly do this? Well, the process is fairly simple. In fact, it can be done in less than a minute.
If you are working with this kind of firearm, you must be familiar with how to load it the right way for you to get its maximum service. If you are not good at it yet, you can check out these following steps. Same is true if you are not knowledgeable in regard to this task yet.
- Place the hammer in a half cock position to promote safety. If the muzzleloader is in this kind of position, even if the trigger is pulled accidentally, the gun will not set off. On the other hand, if the hammer is kept in its original position, it can set off upon accidentally pulling the trigger or dropping out from your hand.
- Hold the gun in a vertical position. The whole process of loading this firearm can be completed in a matter of 30 seconds but can be shorter depending on the soldier. More knowledgeable soldiers can skip some of the steps but will still get the same efficient results from the .54 caliber muzzleloader.
- From a standing position, pour gunpowder down to the gun's barrel. You can use either a pre-packaged charge or a powder horn for pouring the gunpowder. The right amount of gunpowder is approximately around 54 to 56 grains.
- Insert a wrapped musket ball inside the barrel. Afterwards, jam the wadding on top of the musket ball.
- This time, you need to get the ramrod out of its place. You can usually locate the ramrod right under the barrel of the musket. Ram the wrapped musket ball as well as the wadding down into the firearm's barrel. Tamp both of them to reach a firm position. Use the ramrod for the tamping process for a more efficient result.
- Place the ramrod back into its original place under the barrel. Now, you are almost done with the reloading process.
- Finally, lift the musket and then pull back the hammer. Put a percussion cap on the end of the gun's hammer. The hammer must be in a full position for it to be ready for any shooting and targeting operation. Remember that in the first step you placed the hammer in half cock. Simply bring back the hammer now to its original position.
Given that you can already trust yourself in giving life to your .54 caliber muzzleloader, you are ready in making use of it anytime and anywhere. In the end, knowing how to properly load your firearm is as important as shooting the target appropriately. Remember, you can never go hunting for your targets if your gun is not equipped with the ammunition needed to complete your operation. Therefore, it always pays to be familiar with muzzleloader reloading skills.