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Important Information


Suggested Cleaning Method

Supplies: fouling scraper, patches, wax, quality gun oil, & a toothpick

  • Apply wax to stock and leave on throughout the cleaning process.

  • Remove lock bolt(s), gently remove the lock, clean both sides of the lock and oil.

  • Run a fouling scraper down barrel, turn to right a couple of times, then empty fouling from barrel.

  • Place a toothpick in vent liner, pour warm soapy water down the barrel and let sit about 5 minutes.

  • Pour water from barrel, remove toothpick and run patches down the barrel. When the patches come out clean and dry, run an oiled patch down the barrel.

  • Buff wax from the stock & apply gun oil to all metal surfaces.

  • Replace the lock. The longer bolt goes in the top/center. Never over tighten the bolts. Doing so may compress the wood and affect the function of the lock and trigger.

Other things to know

  1. Use only black powder in your flintlockYou may use black powder or a black powder substitute (such as Pyrodex) with your percussion lock.

  2. Always discharge the load down range and clean your muzzleloader before storing it. Never over tighten the lock bolts.  Doing so may compress the wood and affect the lock/trigger function.

  3. IMPORTANT – Never discharge a short-started load from a muzzleloader. If the load cannot be pushed to the breech, remove it with a ball puller. Mark your ramrod to ensure the load is seated. Failure to seat the ball may result in damage to the muzzleloader and possibly cause personal injury.

  4. Always treat a muzzleloader as if it is loaded. Point it only at what you intend to shoot.

  5. If you are inexperienced, ASK FOR HELP! Experienced users will be glad to share their knowledge.

  6. Always wear ear protection while shooting a muzzleloader.

  7. Never smoke or have an open flame nearby while shooting.

  8. Never use alcoholic beverages before or during the use of a muzzleloader.

  9. You must work up a load for your muzzleloader. Start with a powder charge equal to 1 grain per caliber (example - .50 caliber = 50 grains).

10. TVM’s recommended maximum loads:

.32, .36, .40, .45 - Maximum load not to exceed 75 grains

.50, .54, .58, .62 - Maximum load not to exceed 100 grains

The customer accepts full responsibility for any excessive load in a TVM built muzzleloader 

11. TVM recommended patch thickness according to ball size:

Example: With a .50 caliber rifle and a .490 ball size, we recommend a .015 to .018 patch.

With a .50 caliber rifle and a .495 ball, we recommend a .01 to a .012 patch.

12. Consider keeping the box & packing materials in case you need to ship the muzzleloader in the future.

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