What Not To Do With A Muzzleloader With Iraqveteran8888

If you’re a hunter you know this time of year is prime time for muzzleloader hunting. And if you hunt with a muzzleloader, you (hopefully) understand the nuances of these rather awesome firearms. Hunting with a muzzleloader is both fun and a great way to extend your hunting season, especially since some┬ástates have a longer muzzleloader season than they do rifles. If you’ve never tried it, I recommend it; firing a muzzleloader does involve some hefty recoil, but the results are well worth it.

In this video YouTuber Iraqveteran8888 takes a look at what not to do with your muzzleloader. For example, don’t use the wrong powder. If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if you loaded your muzzleloader with the wrong powder, well, take a look at this video to find out. Saying the results are disastrous would be a bit of an understatement.

Who here hunts with a muzzleloader?

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  • KestrelBike

    Ooooh that’d take out a hand for sure. Minimum.

    • Anonymoose


      • KestrelBike

        haha in the true halloween muzzleloader spirit.

      • ostiariusalpha

        Pfft, quit being such a drama queen. Chicks dig scars, so cowboy up and shake it off.

        • Anonymoose

          You want some real gore, I got some pictures of Krokodil addicts…

          • ostiariusalpha

            I’ve seen a number of partially meat covered skulls so, weirdly enough, it doesn’t bother me as much after their faces fall off. It’s that point right before that gets me, must be an uncanny valley moment.

          • Anonymoose

            How about this little girl in India who had her face ripped off in a thresher?

          • ostiariusalpha

            Well, that reconstructive cosmetic surgery ruined her chances at being the leader of Hydra. The Faceless Men of the House of Black and White would have put a donation like that to good use.

          • iksnilol

            What the actual f*** is wrong with you guys!?

            I mean, sure, I can handle gore and whatnot. But then again, I kinda grew up watching war films (as in stuff my neighbour filmed while getting shot at). I thought this blog was PG-13 or something?

          • Bullphrog855

            Don’t pictures have to be approved, I think TFB is about to lose a reader.

            I don’t come to The Firearm Blog for health issues, I don’t come to see them parroting youtube videos for easy clicks, and I don’t come here for a poorly moderated comment section. Not only are those comments in poor taste, they are almost as off topic as a entire blog post about fat Americans.

            It’s a damn shame too.

          • Phillip Cooper

            Well, we DID see this coming once the blog was bought, and ceased actually being a blog….

          • Bullphrog855

            When were they bought? That must of went right over my head.

          • ostiariusalpha

            The picture of the girl is certainly crossing some kind of line. As for the black humor, I’m sure it can seem harsh when the victim is so young & guiltless, but for all the physical & emotional harm she has suffered I’m not going to add the burden of my pity on top of it. Even life’s ugliest points can have a strange leaven of humor within if your not afraid to look at them. My apologies if you feel offended on her behalf, I hope you’re encouraged to at least send her a message of support and best wishes.

          • iksnilol

            Dude, I am from ex-Yugoslavia. We pretty much laugh at everything. It’s just that I respect this blog’s rules. And I think they mentioned something about not politics and about keeping it PG13 or something.

            Personally I’ve no problem with it. Just trying to follow the rules and keep it clean. You might have noticed I censor curses or switch them out with something more appropriate.

          • Tassiebush

            Poor kid

  • RocketScientist

    Don’t hunt with mine, but my father and I built a .50 cal Hawken eyars ago. Its great fun to shoot. I would disagree that a muzzle loader has “stout” recoil. In fact it seems softer to me. the guns are often much heaver than modern cartridge-fed breech loaders, and blackpowder or modern blackpowder substitutes tend to have a slower burn rate than modern smokeless powder. So the recoil is more of a “push” than a “kick” Or to don my Test Engineer hat, the shock impulse has a longer duration, resulting in a lower frequency content, reduced severity and lowered damage potential.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Yeah, the rule of thumb is that larger calibers have more recoil than smaller calibers, but smokeless & black powders are in such qualitatively different classes of propellant that it’s best to restrict comparisons of their recoil impulses to within their respective groups.The fact that smokeless powder produces less smoke was not the major deciding factor in it’s adoption over black powder by 19th century militaries, it’s a detonating propellant that will accelerate a given projectile to far higher speeds than any of the black powders could ever manage. Even people with damaged or delicate shoulders can manage the push of most muzzle loaders much easier than the punch of smokeless firearms.

  • Just say’n

    My kids and I hunt with front-stuffers. Lots of fun, but I keep the FFF for my blackpowder pistols in a totally separate place, and labeled clearly “PISTOLS ONLY!”.

    Another easy way to blow up the barrel is to not fully seat the projectile against the powder.

  • Grindstone50k

    Those of you with weak stomachs, don’t scroll down.

    • M.M.D.C.

      Yeah, do yourself a favor and remain curious.

    • Edeco

      Cured me of my craving for a breakfast sammich earlier D:3

  • iksnilol

    Savage makes a muzzleloader that can use smokeless.

  • Jamie Clemons

    Some are made to be able to take smokeless powder. In the video he loaded it with a double charge of smokeless and it still did not blow up.

  • Mog Grat

    We have muzzle loading pistols in the UK designed for smokless powder.

  • Old Gringo

    I began hunting with sidelocks as a way to increase my time hunting deer…..my first whitetail was moving at 80 yards in the rain, a nice little 8 point that I had mounted just because a running deer at 80 yards with trifocals in the rain is hard to do…..then Oklahoma approved in-lines and I have killed a 8 more deer including a mule deer at 237 yards and I was hooked….you only get one shot, so you must make it count….now, I shoot 150 grains of powder in my in-lines and 110 in my side locks….they kick like a 12 gauge magnum, but extend the range beyond 200 yards….as long as you stay with black powder or a bp substitute . it is viertually impossible too blo one up…..even a loose bullet somwhere in the barrel is usually safe…but any smokeless powder is suicide….I saw a kid who lost most of his right hand because he mixed black powder with smokeless…..just follow the directions and never a problem….duh?

    • wzrd1

      How’d you move the mule deer carcass? That’s a whole lot of animal to be dragging!

  • ks

    hoop stresses…..must be increased to make the banana peel failure….load powder and place an obstruction near the end of the barrel

    • wzrd1

      My thoughts exactly. Either tamp the projectile about six inches down or load a proper load, then have an obstruction 4 – 6 inches down the barrel.
      The way they were doing it would only cause a breech failure, as the overpressure didn’t have the opportunity to build near the muzzle.

  • Zebra Dun

    I have a CVA Bobcat in .54 with 80 gr BP that is fun to shoot.
    I think the max load for it is around 100 gr BP. It works best with the 230 gr round ball the buffalo bullets and such are hard as heck to load even with yellow lube.
    Range is good at 100 yards anything more than that is howitzer shooting.
    That satisfying KaBOOOM and a cloud of smoke are cool to deliver.

  • Jimbo

    Isn’t it against the law to make pipe bombs?! Anyway, it was fun to watch.