Practicing With Your Muzzleloader

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Some muzzleloading hunters
are notoriously poor shots for a couple of reasons. One is the
limitation of the black-powder rifle. Black powder or Pyrodex burns
slowly, resulting in a slow- moving projectile that may or may not be
aerodynamically accurate. However, the saboted bullet offsets some of
these problems.

Black-powder
rifles are a chore to reload and clean. So the tendency for many
shooters is to fire a couple of shots until they can hit a pie plate at
50 yards. The hunters then put away their rifles until deer season
begins. No wonder they’re poor shots. To expect success you must sight
in and shoot a muzzleloader more than twice a year. The more you
practice the better you’ll shoot in the woods.

Sight
in a muzzleloader much the same way you tune a high-powered rifle. Set
a target 25 yards away, lay the rifle on a steady bench rest and fire a
couple of shots. Adjust the scope or iron sights so that your next
shots hit dead on and about an inch high at 25 yards. That will put you
dead on at 50 yards and about 8 inches low at 100 yards. Keep shooting
and fine-tuning your sight adjustments. And remember, black powder or
Pyrodex fowling will affect accuracy, so swab the barrel frequently
during a range session.


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