Several members of GT forums have asked what's needed in muzzle loading other than a rifle... pistols, revolvers and shotguns use slightly different equipment but similar. Rather than answer the inquiries separately it's easier to do it in a thread with the help of some pictures. For those who have no interest in muzzle loading what-so-ever HBO is currently offering a diverse selection of movies... or, you could read threads posted by folks who actually know what they're talking about. I'll do the best I can though. Just as in modern shooting, muzzle loading rifle offers many different disciplines, i.e range (target) shooting, hunting, novelty competition shooting, long range steel silhouette and a variety of hunter and quail walks. All of these disciplines involve basically the same loading accouterments. Unlike modern shooting where we spend X amount of time in the loading room preparing our loads for a day or weekend worth of shooting all muzzle loading is done 'on the line', just prior to the shot. Because of the assorted amount of equipment required for percussion and flintlock shooting there are two common methods of carrying enough material for a shooting session; the shooting box and the possibles bag. Theses are an example of two shooting boxes. The one on the left is set up for a quick trip to the range and contains the equipment needed for percussion shooting. The box on the right is a custom made box and holds everything that is needed for a multi-day competition in both percussion and flintlock Below are examples of 'possibles' bags, most commonly used when no loading benches are available, while hunting or competing in hunters or quail walks. Possibles bags are a lot like potato chips... you can't have just one. The name is derived from the 'possibility' of carrying anything in them. Since range type shooting often allows for the use of a loading table the method of loading powder is from the can, into a powder measure and then into the muzzle. When hunting or shooting away from a loading table and using a possibles bag the preferred method of carrying powder is in a powder horn slung across the chest. The loading is from powder horn into a measure and into the muzzle. It should be noted that pouring powder from the can or powder horn directly into the muzzle can result in horrific injuries or a very gruesome death. It is not at all uncommon for a live ember to remain in the the barrel of a muzzle loader after a shot... pouring out of a can or powder horn holding a pound of black powder... well, you know what happens when a tube of primers detonate. Don't do it... it's the quickest way to be barred from a range or disqualified from competition. Below are examples of different style and size powder horns. Some of the loading equipment needed for loading that can be carried in either a box or bag. Can of powder, in this case Swiss FFFG. Can of percussion caps, usually #11 size. These same caps can also be used when shooting muskets in lieu of more expensive musket caps. This box also contains 50 or so flints in different sizes and a knapping hammer for flint shooting. Patching material for round balls cut in about 2 inch strips and rolled up for easy use. Good sharp patch knife for cutting patch across the muzzle of the rifle. Spray bottle of patch lube. (Black Solve also doubles as cleaning solvent) Some shooters prefer to use pre-cut and pre-lubed (grease) patches. Short starter for seating round ball or minnie partially down the barrel. Box of round balls, or several. Small powder horn for priming pan if shooting flintlock. Stapler for paper targets. Assortment of cleaning jags, cleaning patches, patch pullers and in accordance with Murphy's Law, anything else that you could conceivably need that you can cram in the box or bag. Continued on next post.