Bug HunterMLF Supporter
- Aug 6, 2014
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- Vancouver Island
I always load holding the rifle vertically with my left hand resting the butt on my left instep. I hold the end of the barrel with fingers3-5, which allows me to hold the powder measure. My patches, horn, etc. are easily reached with my free right hand while still supporting the rifle securely. Same on the trail; I try to load the same way on the range as if I am on the trail. Keeps life simple, and I don't look like a goof trying to load under any circumstances. I have various brackets and rests to use on a bench, but never use them. Just more junk to haul around.When I started shooting in the early 70s there were no loading benches or supports at the club range. We loaded using our legs to support the rifle so both hands could be used to draw loading items from our pouches.
Now, when I go to a non muzzleloading range I bring a 1 x 2 x 16" chunk of wood with a V in the end. I clamp the wood on the shooting bench and then lean the rifle into the V for support. This post is curious as to what other members do about loading their front stuffer under various conditions, and for sure while hunting. Hope I don't offend anyone, but hanging on to the gun with one hand and trying to load with the other does not work for me.