Black Powder:
Make - Substitute - Measure - Ballistics.
Muzzleloader - Rifle - Loading - Accuracy.
Lead Ball - .45" - Sharps - .45-70 - Reload.
Traditional Side-Lock:
Longrifle - Hawken - Loading - Cleaning.
Modern In-Line:
Magnum - CVA Accura - Loading.
Traditional Side-Lock:

 Side-Lock is sometimes used to describe quite briefly a type of gunlock where the functioning parts (mainspring, tumbler, sear) is mounted to the back-side of a metal plate with the (hammer) mounted on the front side and that plate mounts on the side of the gunstock of a muzzle-loaded rifle, which is defined as; a shoulder fired firearm of which there are spiral grooves cut into the bore called rifling which consists of lands and grooves, of which is loaded with gunpowder, wad and bullet from the muzzle end of the firearms barrel or muzzle-loaded.

Flintlock - (Early Seventeenth Century):
Flint Ignition; Where flint strikes a piece of steel making sparks to ignite a powder charge in the frizzen pan which then ignites a powder charge in the barrel.

The Flintlock muzzle-loading rifle action is attached to metal plates fitted onto the side of the gunstock (usually inletted), this gun action was developed in France around 1612. The main difference between the Flintlock and Snaphaunce is that in the Flintlock the striking surface and flashpan cover are all one piece, where in the Snaphaunce they are separate mechanisms. This made the mechanism simpler and more reliable than its predecessor.

 The genius behind the flintlock was that the pan containing the priming charge was always closed and therefore more protected from the elements until the hammer containing the flint would fall, opening it, creating sparks and igniting it. The small flash fire created in the pan would ignite the main charge in the barrel via a flash-hole.

Percussion Lock - (Late Eighteenth Century):
Percussion Cap Ignition; Where a percussion cap is placed over a nipple and a hammer or firing pin must strike the rim of the cap to ignite a powder charge in the barrel.

The Percussion Lock muzzle-loading rifle action is attached to metal plates fitted onto the side of the gunstock (usually inletted), this gun action was developed in the United States around 1799. The first percussion cap muzzleloader ignition system was patented in 1799 by Joshua Shaw in Philadelphia. This firing mechanism is a great step in advancement from its predecessors because it does not use an exposed flashpan to begin ignition.

 The key to this muzzleloader system is the explosive cap which is placed on top of a nipple that is attached to the bolster which is then attached to the main powder charge in the barrel.

 The cap contains fulminate of mercury, a chemical compound which explodes when struck. When the cap is struck by the hammer, the flames from the exploding fulminate of mercury go down the nipple, into the bolster and then into the gun barrel, and ignite the powder inside the barrel. This firing mechanism provided a major advance in reliability, since the cap was almost certain to explode when struck and ignite the main powder charge in the muzzleloader barrel.

Muzzleloaders And Shooting:

Brownells
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Muzzleloader Bullets & Sabots
Pyrodex P
Pyrodex RS
Pyrodex Select
Triple Seven FFFG
Triple Seven FFG

Cabela's
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Muzzleloader Bullets & Sabots
Flint / Percussion Rifles
CVA In-Line Rifles
Remington In-Line Rifles
T/C In-Line Rifles
Traditions In-Line Rifles
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Rifle Barrel Cryogenics
Rifle Barrel Free-Bore
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