muz·​zle·​load·​er | \ ˈmə-zəl-ˌlō-dər \

Definition of muzzleloader

: a firearm that loads at the muzzle The introduction of the breechloader more than doubled the rate of reloading and of fire and made it possible to do so, not standing as with the muzzleloader, but with the very substantial protection of the prone position.— Archer Jones — compare breechloader

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Other Words from muzzleloader

muzzle-loading \ ˈmə-​zəl-​ˌlō-​diŋ \ adjective
muzzle-loading rifles

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Most turkeys are hunted with shotguns, but Florida also allows rifles, pistols, muzzleloaders, crossbows and bows to be used on private land. Steve Waters, miamiherald, "‘The most challenging hunt that anyone could ever experience.’ It starts Saturday. | Miami Herald," 2 Mar. 2018 Shotguns with slugs, muzzleloaders, and bows have shorter ranges than modern rifles, but are less lethal. Author: Rick Sinnott | Opinion, Anchorage Daily News, "Want bears out of Anchorage? Stop leaving garbage out," 25 Dec. 2017 No muzzleloaders or guns will be allowed, but hunters may use crossbows. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Public safety concerns prompt tweaks to Nashotah Park bow hunt plan," 6 Oct. 2017 Deer hunting: Anyone can use muzzleloaders with magnifying scopes, under a measure awaiting Dayton’s signature. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Fishing licenses, Sunday liquor, blaze pink, Vikings suites: What happened at the Capitol," 24 May 2017 This includes all muzzleloader hunters and archers who hunt during rifle season. Tom Mcghee, The Denver Post, "Some big game hunters in Colorado will have to submit deer heads for disease testing," 15 Feb. 2017 The boom convinced Florida wildlife officials to allow sport hunting of bears last fall with rifles, shotguns, muzzleloaders, and bows, which in turn set off a welter of hurricane-strength opposition, especially from urban Floridians. National Geographic, "Dead Cubs, Illegal Baiting Lead to Bear Hunt Suspension," 28 June 2016

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1858, in the meaning defined above

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