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boo711

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Took my muzzle loader out to the range a couple weeks ago this Friday. Spur of the moment decision. Grabbed my stuff and went. Hung a target and loaded the muzzleloader. First shot there was no recoil. Puff of smoke, that was about it. Loaded it back up and 2nd shot was perfect. 1 inch high and about 2 inches right at 100 yds. 3rd,4th & 5th shot were used to dial in. 5th shot was inch high and center. And ideas what happened on the first shot??

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I had this happen before and figured it to be that I didn't get all the cleaning solvent out of it after the last time I cleaned it, and it eventually ran down into the bottom of the barrel.   I now always shoot a cap in mine before using it.  Never had a problem since.  

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This is actually scary if there was no recoil!  It is always possible for the primer (assuming an inline muzzleloader) did not ignite the powder charge, or not enough to expel the bullet.  At that point (and maybe you did), you need to make sure that the barrel is unobstructed.  Otherwise the second shot could result in some very unhappy consequences.  It is even dangerous to just put another primer in and reshoot under those circumstances unless you reseat the bullet. Lots of videos online about this.  Given your outcome, I tend to agree with Rob.

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3 hours ago, jperch said:

This is actually scary if there was no recoil!  It is always possible for the primer (assuming an inline muzzleloader) did not ignite the powder charge, or not enough to expel the bullet.  At that point (and maybe you did), you need to make sure that the barrel is unobstructed.  Otherwise the second shot could result in some very unhappy consequences.  It is even dangerous to just put another primer in and reshoot under those circumstances unless you reseat the bullet. Lots of videos online about this.  Given your outcome, I tend to agree with Rob.

I pulled the breech plug and made sure barrel was empty. 

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The fact there was normal smoke and no recoil, leads me to believe there was no projectile in the barrel? Or perhaps all the powder did not ignite causing the projectile to just barely leave the barrel?

 

And I agree.....a witness mark on the ramrod is a must.

 

Happy to hear you did get dialed in with no more issues!!

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For Future reference. If you ever have a no recoil puff of smoke, you must 100% verify your barrel is completely free and empty before reloading. you will lose valuables or more if you double load that thing.. bad stuff can happen. Notch the ram rod where it is in terms of the end of the barrel when theres a load in the breech ready to fire. this will help verify things.. 

But for what it was is probably a bit of moisture from cleaning solvents lubes etc.. I will shoot a primer or two before loading the barrel just to try and remove moistures..  

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