This was one of the best tips I ever read from the pros about improving long range shot to shot consistency when shooting a muzzleloader. If you are either sighting in your gun before a hunt, or simply sitting in your deer blind later on, remember to remove the ramrod from underneath your gun barrel before you have to shoot. Just set it down beside you until you're either done for the day, or if you have to reload your gun. That ramrod jiggling around underneath the barrel and sliding forward a few inches each time you shoot has a detrimental affect on you hitting the same exact spot twice in a row, especially further down range There has to be the same barrel harmonics taking place (barrel vibrations as the bullet travels down the bore) from shot to shot if you ever hope to see your gun's best accuracy. All that ramrod movement going on below as the gun is in full recoil disrupts that. At real close ranges, (20 yards or less) leaving your ramrod in place beneath the barrel won't make hardly any difference. You will still be able to hit close to where you aimed to because the bullet doesn't have enough travel distance to stray off target that much. But how often can you depend on having a real close, easy shot on a deer like that? I know I can never count on it where I hunt. I also know that making this little change in my muzzleloader shooting habits works. In the last several years I've managed to kill three different deer, all from 188 - 210 yards out (laser measured distances) with my T/C Omega muzzleloader. I always remember to take the ramrod out right away and lay it down beside me in the blind. Since I'm also setting high on a hill, there's nothing but air and opportunity in the way of me and whatever I see out yonder. And from me having sighted in my gun beforehand with the ramrod out, at ranges anywhere from 25 to 200 yards out, I know exactly where my bullets will hit if I do my part by staying steady while aiming and squeezing the trigger. Try it and see if it helps make a difference in your long-range accuracy. Doesn't cost a thing unless, of course, you forget to pick up your ramrod when you're done.