When it comes to powder, Melissa says that pellets are great, however the downside is that they are incredibly dirty and require you to clean your gun very frequently in order to avoid mishaps in the field. Melissa tells Jim and I that she shoots loose powder, as she finds it to be cleaner and more accurate. The thought of trying to measure out your powder in the field is off putting to many hunters, but Melissa says that planning, preparing and being organized before your hunt can make this task simple. She tells Jim and I that she premeasures her powder into tubes and keeps the primers close by to make for quicker and easier reloading while in the field. Being prepared and organized reduces the chance of fumbling and making a mistake with your reloading equipment which can lead to consistency issues. Melissa also stresses the importance of reloading immediately after every shot which will help set the hunter up for a quick follow up shot, should they need one. She’ll also highlight the importance of getting to know your firearm. Melissa says for those who are new to muzzleloaders, they should practice loading and shooting frequently until they are at a place where they are comfortable enough to load and shoot quickly, even in high pressure scenarios afield. Be sure to tune in as we talk all things muzzleloaders with Melissa Bachman.
A couple quick notes:
1) In case you didn’t know, Melissa has an awesome dog, a Boston Terrier named “Pork Chop” that goes on all her hunting adventures with her and poses with virtually every animal she tags. Pork Chop with an alligator, check. Pork Chop with a bear, check. It’s great, make sure to follow both Melissa and Pork Chop on social media.
2) Melissa is an awesome role model and advocate for the up and coming generation of outdoorsmen and women out there. She’s really invested in teaching kids and youth about the outdoors. We need more people like her out there mentoring our youth. Kudos, Melissa!
3) You can watch “Winchester Deadly Passion” with Melissa Bachman on Sportsman Channel every Sunday, 11:30 am ET.
Thanks for listening friends,