Be sure the rifle is not loaded or primed before disassembly or assembly.
Always check the chamber for shells or breech plug for the presence of a priming devise. Using the ramrod, ensure that there is no projectile or powder charge loaded on all muzzleloaders.
Study the rifle schematic and acquaint yourself with the different parts and terminology of your rifle before assembling or disassembling. Letters and numbers in parentheses refer to labels on each rifle schematic for each model.
It is advisable to use a padded vise to remove and reinstall the breech plug. Place small parts in a pan to avoid losing them.
1. Point the firearm in a safe direction.
2. Confirm that the hammer is not cocked and the decocking safety device is functioning properly and is in the safe position.
3. Visually inspect that the rifle is not loaded by opening the breech. Close the breech.
4. Remove the forearm by pushing back on the forearm release button.
Pull downward on the front of the forearm until it releases itself completely from the rifle. Set aside.
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