I recently inhereted this Thompson's Center New Englander Muzzle Loader. I don't have the manual for the gun and I just e-mailed Thomson's Center for the manual but I thought I would ask a few questions here. This was my Grandfathers gun and he would always use the granual pyrodex powder and he would shoot the Maxi-Hunter bullets which he would lubricate. What I would like to know is if I can safely use the pellet style pyrodex powder or even the Triple 7 pellets instead of the granual powder. I would also like to know if I could shoot something like the Thompson's Center Shock Wave Sabot bullets. I would like to use this instead so I don't have to lubricate the bullets. Please let me know what you think and thanks for your help! Wanna kill these ads? We can help!