A muzzleloader is any firearm into which the shot, usually the shot charge, and powder is loaded from the muzzle of the gun. They are somewhat like a black powder gun, in that they are used the same way. There are just a few variants of the two.
- Never use smokeless powder in a muzzleloader. Smokeless powders can cause muzzle loading barrels or breeches to rupture or blow up
- Black powder guns have to be cleaned immediately after hunting because the black powder will make it rust very fast.
- Don't ever use smokeless powder in any amount in a black powder gun
- Keep your black powder gun out of the sunlight between shooting. This will make your barrel heat uneven and cause it to expand and make your accuracy way off.
You want to make sure you follow all directions for both guns. Do not use one powder with another if you run out. You have to be extra careful with using black powder because it is so unstable.