Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife


Can I have both barrels of my double-barreled muzzleloader loaded during a legal season for muzzleloading firearms?

  • Yes. A hunter lawfully hunting small game with a double-barreled muzzleloading shotgun may keep both barrels loaded.
  • A hunter lawfully hunting big game with a double-barreled muzzleloading firearm during a muzzleloader season may load both barrels with powder charges and projectiles, BUT may have only one barrel or breech capped or primed at a time while hunting.
  • A muzzleloading firearm is considered loaded if a powder charge and a projectile (either shot or single projectile) are in the barrel AND the barrel or breech is capped or primed.

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24th of May, 2011

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