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4-H Muzzle Loading Project


Muzzle loading is one of the disciplines of the 4-H Shooting Sports program, which covers the fundamentals of shooting and basic firearm safety, while developing self-motivation, self-discipline, and personal responsibility.Although the invention of smokeless powder and self-contained cartridges has rendered them obsolete, muzzleloaders are still embraced by a devoted following of antique firearm collectors, historical reenactors, and even modern hunters. In this project, members will learn

• shooting proficiency • proper handling of muzzle-loading firearms • the difference between black powder and smokeless powder • how to promote the highest standard of safety

This sheet outlines activity ideas at beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels of skill; also gives suggestions on how to tie the activity to STEM, healthy living, civic engagement, leadership and college and career readiness goals.

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