Muzzleloading Safety Message
ATTENTION: MUZZLELOADER HUNTERS AND SHOOTERS - An Issue Of Safety!
MUZZLELOADING FIREARMS ARE DIFFERENT
There are many differences between the function and features of muzzleloading firearms and those of modern rifles, shotguns, and pistols. Remington Model 700 ML and 700 MLS muzzleloading rifles, by their very nature, incorporate many of the basic features of primitive muzzleloading firearms. Therefore, besides following the Ten Commandments of Firearms Safety that apply to all firearms, users of muzzleloading firearms must adhere to additional safety practices that are specific to muzzleloaders. Before you use your new muzzleloader for the first time, it is imperative that you read and understand the instructions for the operation and safe use of your muzzleloading firearm.
WEAR PROTECTIVE GEAR
Because of their primitive nature, muzzleloading firearms produce more firing flash and residues than modern smokeless powder firearms. The percussion cap, musket cap, 209 primer, Black Powder, and Pyrodex® are each capable of producing hot gases and flying particles when fired. This is true even when firing only a cap or primer without a powder load and bullet. The shooter must always wear protective eyewear, hearing protection, and a heavy shirt or jacket. Bystanders must be kept well behind the shooter. Failure to follow these precautions may result in serious injury to the shooter or bystanders.
SMOKELESS POWDER WARNING
All muzzleloader hunters and shooters need to be continually aware of the extra and unique safety precautions associated with the use of muzzle loading firearms. Almost all of the muzzleloaders in existence today are "Black Powder Only Muzzleloaders," meaning that the only safe propellants for use in these guns are black powder or an approved black powder substitute, such as Pyrodex. The same warning that has been in effect for the last 100 years remains just as valid today: USING ANY QUANTITY OF MODERN SMOKELESS POWDER IN MUZZLELOADING GUNS CAN RESULT IN SEVERE INJURY OR DEATH TO BOTH THE SHOOTER AND/OR BYSTANDERS.
NEVER USE MODERN SMOKELESS POWDER IN A MUZZLE LOADING FIREARM.