Muzzle Loading Shotguns

Devoted to the use of muzzleloading shotguns for  hunting, Trap, Skeet and other shooting sports

   For most shooters, the phrase "muzzle loader" is synonymous with a muzzle loading rifle.  However, there are a surprising number of shooters who, at least occasionally, shoot a muzzle loading shotgun. 
This site
is devoted to the use muzzle loading shotguns for both clay target shooting (such as Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays) as well as hunting. 

    Check out "ML Shotgun Events" for a list of upcoming clay target events. Several of the events are hosted by various chapters of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association.  Do not let the name fool you.  Some, but not all, of the NMLRA events have shotgun events, including: Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays and Quail Walks.  Going to a muzzleloading trap or skeet competition is a great way to meet other shooters and hone your skills.   Be sure to check out my two part Article on the NMLRA Western National Shoot. 

    In addition, a number of short articles related to the muzzle loading shotgun have been posted.   A snippet from the most recent articles appears below. 
The complete article and older articles may be accessed by clicking the Articles link on the left side of this page. 

    The Gallery section of this website also contains pictures of muzzleloading shotguns in action.

Recent Articles

  • Flintlock Shotguns Part 2 -- Some thoughts on shooting Skeet with a Flintlock    A prior Article discussed some of the changes which you experience when changing from a percussion muzzle loading shotgun to a flintlock shotgun.  The Article takes a little more detailed look at my thoughts on shooting skeet with a flintlock shotgun.      First, it is important to understand that this article is being written from the prescriptive of someone who shoots a lot skeet with a modern gun. If you are not already comfortable with shooting skeet, do yourself a favor.  Shoot with a modern gun until you are comfortable on the skeet field.  A flintlock shotgun is not the gun you want to use to learn the game of skeet.  It is faster, easier, and cheaper to learn to shoot ...
    Posted Dec 8, 2014, 10:06 AM by Peter Lucas
  • Muzzleloaders and Firearms Laws         The extent to which United States gun laws apply to muzzle loaders is a frequent topic of discussion.  Most shooters have heard that gun laws generally apply only to "firearms" and that most muzzle loaders not considered firearms. Consequently,  there is a common belief that all muzzle loaders are exempt from firearms regulation.       It is generally true that many restrictions imposed by the Federal Gun Control Act of 1964, or GCA, do not apply to muzzle loaders.   For example, Federal law does not require that muzzle loaders be sold through a licensed dealer.  As a result, muzzle loaders can be mail ordered across state lines.  Similar, convicted felons, those with substance abuse problems, and pretty much anybody else are legally ...
    Posted Jan 6, 2014, 9:45 AM by Peter Lucas
  • What is in a name: Fowler, Fowling Piece or Shotgun.     An advertisement for an H&R Shotgun recently caught my attention.  The advertisement suggested that that the term "shotgun" originated in America in 1776.  The clear implication was that the shotgun was something of an American invention.      According to Wikipedia, the first recorded use of the term “shotgun” occurred in Kentucky in 1776.   No reference is given for this factoid and I have been unable locate any supporting original source material indicating the context for the original use of the word "shotgun."   While I have not been able to find the exact source of the term "shotgun", my research indicates that the term most likely originated along the American frontier about the time of the American Revolution.  However, this ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2013, 7:56 AM by Peter Lucas
  • Colorado Muzzleloading State Trap Shoot; October 5, 2013 By Emily Hare Watkins, CO – It was a fine autumn day at The Golden Gun Club for the Colorado State Muzzleloading Trap Shoot.  A blue sky and crisp air set the scene for a friendly competition between nine gunmen.  Great game was captured.  Justin Maddux, a novice joined in for the first time.  The former US Marine was skilled in shooting.  After breaking 18 birds out of 25 at the 10 yard line the other deemed him a fine shooter and a welcome addition to the group.  But even with experience, a gunman without a knowledgeable approach is bound to be challenged.       The game began at a 10 yard line.  Scoring a perfect 25, Kim Davis garnered place in first ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2013, 1:15 PM by Peter Lucas
  • Reclaimed Shot on the Patterning Board.     The price of lead shot keeps going up and up.  In an effort to keep the cost of shooting down, I have been using less and less lead; both in my muzzle-loader and in my modern gun.  My current muzzleloading load is 7/8 of an ounce of shot on the skeet field and 1 ounce on the trap field.  In both cases, the propellant is an equal volume of black powder.  With my modern gun, I am currently shooting skeet with 3/4 ounce loads in my 12, 20 and 28 gauge barrels.      To further reduce the cost, I also started shooting reclaimed shot. A local range had cleaned and graphited reclaimed shot for $28 per 25 pound ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2013, 8:33 AM by Peter Lucas
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