HUNTINGsmart! USA Knowledge Base
Module 06 - MUZZLELOADERS 101
Primer is the flammable material that helps the powder charge catch on fire.
The two most common primers used today are:
- #11 Percussion Cap.
- 209 Muzzleloader Primer.
The #11 Percussion Cap is placed directly on the nipple of the firearm, whereas the 209 Muzzleloader primer (which creates a much hotter spark) must first be placed in a holder, which can then be placed on the nipple. Always check the owner’s manual for your muzzleloader to determine the best primer for your specific firearm.