|DRAM MEASURE||GRAIN EQUIVALENT|
LEAD SHOT SIZE AND WEIGHT
|Shot #||Diameter||Weight ea.||Approximate
LOADING AND SHOOTING YOUR MUZZLE LOADING SHOTGUN
As with any muzzleloader your first step should be to insure your barrels and nipples are clean and dry. Do this be running one or two dry patches down each barrel, run a pipe cleaner through each vent and (without powder and with the gun pointed in a safe direction) follow this by touching off one or two caps on each nipple. This clears your nipples of any oil residue from cleaning. Follow this by running another dry patch down each barrel. This picks up any oil or debris knocked loose by the caps.
1. Measure and pour the correct powder charge down each barrel. If shooting a double barrel gun it might be wise to charge each barrel at the same time to avoid confusion as to what has been done in the loading process.
2. The over powder wad is next. Depending on the choke of your weapon, these wads can be snug to very tight. Start an edge of the wad and then finish it off by pushing it down on top of your powder with the ramrod. Seat the wad firmly on top of the powder.
3. The fiber cushion wad comes next---unless you are using a plastic sleeve type at this time. Fiber wads are not loaded dry. If not pre-lubed---Wonder-Lube , Natural Lube 1000 or another readily available lube can be used. Push the cushion wad firmly down on top of the over powder wad. If using a plastic sleeve, seat the sleeve just as you did the cushion wad.
4. Measure and pour the desired charge of shot down the barrel.
5. The over-shot card wad is next. Again---firmly push the wad down the barrel till it is firmly seated on top of the shot charge.
6. Return your ramrod to the thimbles.
7. With the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, place your cap on the nipples. If the cap is loose---squeeze the skirt of the cap together and reinstall. Lower the hammers to half cock.
8. If during a hunt only one barrel is fired----remove the cap of the second barrel during reloading---this will help prevent accidental discharge while you are reloading.