In addition to The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety, there are several guidelines specific to black powder firearms that muzzleloaders must observe at all times to ensure their safety and the safety of others. The following is a brief overview of these guidelines. For full details, thoroughly read and understand this instruction book before using your muzzleloader.
Muzzleloading Safety Rules:
WARNING! Failure to follow any of these muzzleloading safety rules may cause property damage, personal injury or death to the shooter or a bystander. Do not use this muzzleloading firearm until you fully understand and can practice, The Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety and The Muzzleloading Safety Rules. If you have any questions about the safe use of a Remington black powder firearm, write to us at Remington Arms Company, LLC., Consumer Services, P. O. Box 700 Madison, NC 27025-0700 or call us at 1-800-243-9700.
- Never smoke while using your muzzleloader or while near any quantity of black powder or black powder substitute.
- Before loading, make sure the firearm is not already loaded or has a barrel obstruction. To ensure the firearm is unloaded or does not have an obstruction, See “Preparing to Load”.
- Always check and clear the flash hole through the nipple before discharging the firearm. To ensure the flash hole is clear, see “Preparing to Load”.
- Use Black Powder or Black Powder Substitutes only to load your muzzleloader. Never use even small amounts of smokeless powder, even if it is black in color. The use of any other propellant may cause property damage, personal injury or death, to the shooter or bystanders.
- Never exceed the maximum recommended powder charge contained in this instruction book.
- Never pour powder directly from a powder flask or container. A sudden powder ignition from a lingering spark could cause the entire flask to explode. Use an individual charge from a powder measure device when loading your firearm. Read and follow all powder manufactures’ procedures and recommendations for powder storage.
- Never use the wrong ammunition components. Only use ammunition components that exactly match the caliber markings on the barrel. Use only pure lead or Remington branded loading components when loading/shooting conical bullets. Do not use any other lead alloys with lubed conical bullets as they may be too hard for proper and safe use in your muzzleloader.
- When loading, be certain the powder, sabots and projectiles are in their proper sequence and that they are completely seated against one another. Serious personal injury or death can result if space is left between the components. To provide a reference for future loadings, mark the ramrod at the muzzle once a projectile has been loaded properly. Grooves are provided at the end of the Model 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader ramrod for a loading depth reference. NOTE: Be sure to recheck the ramrod mark if the load changes. Never attempt to discharge your muzzleloader if the projectile is not firmly seated against the powder charge or does not seat to the proper depth. Refer to loading instructions on “To Load the Firearm.”
- Do not pound the ramrod into a loaded muzzleloader or while loading. Muzzleloading propellants are impact sensitive and could ignite from an impact. Always keep the ramrod pointed directly away from your face and body.
- Know the range of your firearm. Muzzleloading projectiles can have a range of more than one-half-mile.
- If the firearm fails to discharge, be prepared for a hangfire. Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction and wait no less than one full minute before opening the bolt. A spark may have reached the powder without any sound. The rifle could fire at any moment during this minute. If the rifle does not fire within a minute, carefully follow the directions on how to handle a misfire.
- Render your firearm inoperable whenever you are not shooting. Never place an ignition primer in the firearm until just before discharging and remove it immediately if you do not fire your rifle.
- Black powder can leave a heavy corrosive residues. A thorough cleaning and lubrication are absolute necessities before storage and prior to loading and shooting. Follow the cleaning instructions in this instruction manual. Always carry cleaning equipment with you while in the field.
- Have adequate ventilation when shooting, cleaning or loading a firearm.
WARNING! Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated areas, cleaning firearms or handling ammunition components may result in exposure to lead, a substance known to cause birth defects, reproductive harm, cancer and other serious physical injuries. Have adequate ventilation when discharging, loading or cleaning a firearm at all times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure.