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A properly adjusted flint, far left, will point into the
pan when the hammer is at rest, indicating sparks
are directed into the priming powder. Meanwhile,
a wire or pick should be used to clear the flintlock's
touchhole each time before priming. Ignition is faster
if the flame's path to the powder is unobstructed.

remove the touchhole liner and trickle in
a few grains of powder behind the bullet
so it can be shot out, or, to pull the bullet.
Contemporary hunters also might use
CO2 devices designed for this purpose.
To pull a bullet, one uses a bullet-puller
- a screw-tipped attachment threaded onto
the end of your ramrod. The screw then is
driven into the bullet.
Trying to remove the bullet with the
ramrod can be a tough task, often accompanied by a lot of grunting, turning red
and cursing in true mountain-man fashion.
A two-man job often gets better results.
Make sure the touchhole is cleared
each time you prime the flintlock, too.
Some make the mistake of shaking
powder into the touchhole, but, ignition
is faster if the path of the flame is unobstructed.

POWDER FIRST
In theory, loading a muzzleloader is
a simple process that starts with pouring an appropriate, measured charge of
blackpowder down the barrel. Then, a
bullet, traditionally a lead ball atop a
greased patch, is pushed down the barrel
with a ramrod. When primed, the gun is
ready to fire.
Powder then bullet, powder then bullet.
Got that? It's simple.
But it's a rare flintlock shooter who
hasn't forgotten to put powder in first.
It's an "uh-oh" feeling to seat a bullet in
the barrel and realize the ramrod is going
in farther than it should.
The standard remedy is to either
JANUARY 2019

ADVANTAGE, DEER
Few flintlock hunters have not missed
easy shots, had embarrassing misfires
and been surprised by deer that saw them
first and rapidly departed with mocking
white flags.
As a teen, I followed a line of hunters
through 6 inches of fresh snow and took
up a stand where I could watch a clearing
in the laurel.
As the other hunters continued down
the snowy trail to take their places for the
upcoming drive, I thought it would be
wise to replace my priming powder before
things got started.
I carefully scanned the woods around
me to make sure there were no deer, then
snapped open the frizzen and turned the
rifle over to dump the old powder.
At the sound, a huge doe exploded out
of a low, skimpy laurel bush not 10 feet
away! I was left dumbfounded to contemplate my missed opportunity and how the
deer had let the entire group of hunters file
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