That's how I got started with black powder firearms. I bought a T/C kit, finished it and knew no one that was familiar with muzzle loaders. Then found all of the necessary supplies, read the booklet, went out backloaded and fired my first shots. That was 40 years ago. Still hooked on them old timey guns!READ THE MANUAL, STUDY AND LEARN AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BEFORE LOADING (or buying really). There, hope this helps.
That's one of the purposes of the muzzleloading forums to supply generic information and some also very specific information."Read your manual" may not work if you buy used or go custom. Every flintlock that someone built for me did NOT come with a manual. Is there some generic manual that you buy online?!
The problem with "the net" is that there are many times people posting stuff they know nothing about or just reposting "something they heard" as fact. So one has to be very careful to really filter what they read or see on the net....and now with the Net that shouldn't be a problem.
I do some troubleshooting for irrigation control systems. When the really dumb questions come, as they often do, I will say, “Look, just turn to page 43 in the manual you threw away and all will be made clear.”My wife say's it's a man thing, not reading the instructions...
I’m using that one in the future!I might add..., we called it "the stupid little book" because that was what the local community where I taught generally thought of the manual. Things change, folks forget,..... folks pick up bad practices. By reading the book you can sometimes catch yourself, and make a correction.