Muzzleloader Bullets

Muzzleloader Bullets

Muzzleloader bullets are a unique breed in the world of ammunition. Unlike modern centerfire and rimfire cartridges, which house the bullet, propellant, and primer all in one package, muzzleloaders require each component to be loaded separately into the firearm. Despite​ being considered outdated by​ some, muzzleloading firearms​ provide a rewarding, hands-on​ shooting experience that many​ enthusiasts find appealing. If you ​want to try it, you'll need ​special muzzleloading bullets. Here ​are some of the types you can​ find on this page.

Round Lead Balls

The simplest ​and most traditional form​ of a muzzleloader bullet​ is a round lead ball. These​ can be found in a ​variety of calibers and are​ typically paired with​ a patch to ensure a tight​ fit in the barrel. Round lead​ balls offer decent​ accuracy at short​ to medium ranges ​and are a favorite among ​historical reenactment enthusiasts​ and hunters who​ appreciate the traditional​ aspects of muzzleloading.​

Conical Lead Bullets

Conical lead​ bullets, also known​ as "swaged" bullets, are​ another common ​choice for muzzleloader shooting. ​These bullets are elongated​ and pointed, offering ​improved aerodynamics​ over round lead ​balls. Swaged bullets can be used in ​various calibers, ​including 45 cal muzzleloader ​bullets, and provide greater ​accuracy and energy transfer at longer ​ranges.

Bullets with Sabots

These are a modern​ take on muzzleloader ​bullets - the .44 or .45 cal ​bullets paired with ​plastic sabots. The sabot allows​ a smaller diameter bullet​ to be fired from a larger​ bore, such as ​a .50 or .54 caliber ​muzzleloader. This combination​ can result in high velocities​ and flat trajectories, making it a ​popular choice for long-range ​shooting. Hornady muzzleloader ​bullets, for instance, are known for ​their high quality and ​consistent performance when ​used with sabots.

Gritr Sports presents​ to you our selection of​ muzzleloading bullets. On this page, you ​can find the bullets​ produced by the industry's​ finest manufacturers​ like Hornady, CCI, Winchester​ Ammo and others.


What are muzzleloading bullets made of?

Muzzleloading​ bullets are typically ​made of lead, but some​ modern variations​ may use other materials or ​have plastic components, ​such as in the case of ​Power Belt bullets or sabots.​

What is the difference between round lead balls and conical lead bullets?

Round lead ​balls are traditional muzzleloader bullets​ that offer good accuracy​ at short to medium ​ranges. Conical lead bullets, ​on the other hand, are ​elongated and pointed, ​providing improved ​aerodynamics and greater​ accuracy and energy ​transfer at longer ​ranges.

Can I use any type of muzzleloader bullet in my muzzleloader?

Not all bullets ​can be used in all ​muzzleloaders. It's important ​to match the size and ​type of the bullet to your​ specific ​muzzleloader. Always refer to ​your firearm's manual or​ consult with a knowledgeable​ source to ensure you're​ using the correct ammunition.

What is the best grain bullet for a muzzleloader?

For hunting​ larger game like deer, elk, or​ bear, many hunters ​prefer bullets in the​ 250-300 grain range for .45 ​caliber muzzleloaders, and 300-350 grain​ for .50 caliber muzzleloaders.​ These provide a good​ balance of velocity and knockdown ​power. However, for target​ shooting or hunting smaller​ game, a lighter bullet in the​ 175-225 grain range​ might be more appropriate​.