A muzzleloader can seriously or fatally injure you or bystanders due to accidental firing when it is primed with a priming device (either a 209 shotgun primer or percussion cap) but not loaded, when it is loaded with a powder and a projectile but not primed, or when it is both primed and loaded.
∙ Know your safety systems. Some models have two safety systems, while others have only one. Use all of the safety systems on your muzzleloader whenever you are not ready to fire.
∙ Keep your muzzle pointed in a safe direction if your muzzleloader fails to fire. It could fire after a delay.
∙ Remove the priming device before crossing a fence, climbing a tree, jumping a ditch, or negotiating other obstacles. A primed muzzleloader can fire if dropped or impacted.
∙ Never rest the firing pin or striker against the priming device. An impact in this condition could cause the muzzleloader to fire, even with safeties engaged.
∙ Always swab the barrel with a moistened patch between shots to remove potential hot residue that could ignite powder and to improve shot to shot accuracy.
∙ Never use smokeless powder in Knight® muzzleloaders.
∙ Never exceed the recommended maximum powder charge for your Knight® muzzleloader. Please see individual models for recommended load limits of Black Powder FFg, and industry approved black powder substitutes, by volume or its equivalent for Knight Rifles. See your specific rifle’s page for maximum powder charges.
∙ Make sure your muzzleloader is unloaded before attempting to load.
∙ Never install a percussion cap or primer on the nipple before loading.
∙ Be sure that the barrel and nipple flash channel are clear of any obstruction.
∙ Be sure the bullet is firmly seated on the powder charge.
Always clean and lubricate your muzzleloader after each day’s shooting. A muzzleloader must be free of rust, dirt, grease, and powder residue to function safely and reliably. Careful maintenance, which includes inspection of all components to determine if they are in proper working order, is absolutely essential. Muzzleloaders use Black Powder FFg and industry approved black powder substitutes that are highly corrosive, and when fired will deposit corrosive particles and residue in the bore, breech plug, hammer, receiver, trigger and other parts of the rifle.
Rifle grade stainless steel is more rust and corrosion resistant than blued steel, but it is not rust proof. To ensure your stainless steel rifle remains in superior condition, clean, oil, and store it in the same manner as a blued steel rifle.
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