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Thompson Center Patriot supplement
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Note: This Model is Out of Production.
For Reference Use Only.
Suggested Black Powder & Pyrodex®
Loads For The T/C Patriot
Muzzleloading Pistol
Only
Read and Understand
the booklet entitled,
“Shooting
Thompson/Center
Black Powder
Muzzleloading Firearms,”
Before Using This Muzzleloading Pistol.
T/C Patriot Use &
Loading Supplement
Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc.
PO Box 5002, Rochester, NH 03866
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This booklet contains information that is essential to the safe use and maintenance
of Thompson/Center’s Patriot Muzzleloading Pistol. You must read this
material in its entirety and fully understand its significance before you can
safely use your muzzleloader. If a Thompson/Center muzzleloading firearm is
loaned or sold (by an individual or a dealer), this booklet must accompany the
firearm. Replacement booklets are available at no charge from our factory.
If, after reading this booklet, you still have questions concerning the safe use
of your Thompson/Center firearm, write or call our Customer Service
Department at:
Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc.
P.O. Box 5002
Rochester, New Hampshire 03866
Telephone: 1-603-332-2333
• And Remember •
The Fundamental
National Rifle Association
Rules for Safe Gun Handling Are:
1 - Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.
2 - Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.
3 - Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.
Discharging firearms in poorly ventilated
areas, cleaning firearms or handling
ammunition may result in exposure to lead

and other substances known to cause birth
defects, reproductive harm and other serious

physical injury. Have adequate ventilation at

all times. Wash hands thoroughly after exposure.
- WARNING -
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Suggested Loads For The
Thompson/Center Patriot
Muzzleloading Pistol Only
If you have not read this manual in its entirety, do so before attempting to load
your firearm. Improper loading and use of your firearm can cause injury
and/or death to the shooter or bystanders and damage to property
The charts in this loading supplement show recommended charges for
Thompson/Center’s Patriot Pistol Only. Charges are listed by caliber, and
charge of Black Powder or Pyrodex.
Note that in each instance a series of charges are listed. More than one
charge is shown in each category to clearly illustrate the safe loading range
for the particular caliber and projectile.
Maximum loads are not to be exceeded nor is a substitution of powder or
granulations to be attempted! Only use loads that are listed for your particular
caliber, model and bullet style. Failure to follow these instructions may
result in injury and/or death to the shooter or bystanders and damage to property.
The shooter is instructed to start with the lightest charge listed. As you
become familiar with the firearm, increase your charges gradually until you
reach your best performing load (most accurate). Thompson/Center Arms is
not responsible for loading information printed in sources other than this
booklet.
NOTE: All loading data contained in this book is the result of testing by
Thompson/ Center Arms. Testing was done under carefully controlled conditions
with the components specified in the text.
Since Thompson/Center has no control over the components or equipment
which may be used with this information, no responsibility is implied or
assumed for the results obtained.
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Thompson/Center Patriot
Muzzleloading Pistol Supplement
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This supplemental booklet contains specific information regarding the charging and
priming of the Thompson/Center Patriot Muzzleloading Pistol.
The primary Owners Manual for traditional T/C muzzleloading firearms (Shooting
Thompson/Center Black Powder Muzzleloading Firearms) must be read and fully understood
before attempting to use your Patriot muzzleloading pistol.
Do not assume that a familiarity with other firearms has equipped you with a
knowledge of “safe gun handling”, as these words apply to the T/C Patriot
Muzzleloading Pistol. Each gun is different, and functions differently. The user
is responsible for practicing “safe gun handling” at all times. Failure to follow
these instructions can cause injury and/or death to the shooter or bystanders
and damage to property.
Charging & Priming Your T/C Patriot
Muzzleloading Pistol
Never use smokeless powder of any type or in any quantity in a muzzleloading
firearm, and never mix powders. The use of any smokeless powder could result
in a detonation or explosion which could cause injury and/or death to the
shooter or bystanders and damage to property.
The Patriot Pistol was designed specifically for target shooting. Thompson/Center does
not recommend that this pistol be used for hunting nor do we recommend that the Patriot
Pistol be carried in any manner while charged or primed.
This pistol is intended for use with a patched round lead ball. While loaded in much the
same manner as a cap lock rifle, the pistol uses Black Powder or Pyrodex charges which
are considerably lighter than those used in a rifle. A special T/C Black Powder Measure
(No.7220) which adjusts from 20 grains to 60 grains is available for use with this pistol.
Study the photo on the previous page and read all the captions before you proceed to
charge your pistol.
Before charging, insert the ramrod into the barrel and tap it up and down several times.
You should hear the metal end of the ramrod “clink” as it contacts the steel face of the
breech plug. Note exactly how far the ramrod extends beyond the muzzle when the barrel
is uncharged. Commit this exercise to memory and practice it every time you handle a muzzleloading
firearm; Before you attempt to load it - before you store it away - before you hand
it to a friend or leave it unattended - always check to ensure that the firearm is uncharged.
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Commence by wiping the bore free of oil. Be meticulous with your cleaning - as the presence
of any amount of oil in the barrel can dampen the powder charge and cause the pistol
to misfire or hangfire. Point the muzzle in a safe direction and snap several No.11 percussion
caps on the nipple. This will help to ensure positive ignition by clearing away any
oil that may have accumulated in the ignition channel. Note that the triggers on the Patriot
Pistol operate differently from those on T/C muzzleloading rifles (see trigger information
in the latter part of this section).
For safety reasons and to facilitate loading we recommend the use of a wooden fixture to hold
the pistol securely during the loading process. This fixture need not be elaborate but it must
be secure - locking the pistol firmly in an upright position (at bench height) as shown.
Pull the rear trigger to ensure that the trigger is not set. Place the hammer in half-cock
position and clamp the pistol in your loading stand as pictured in this information.
Choose the lightest load listed for your particular caliber. Set your adjustable powder
measure to the desired charge and fill it with FFFG (Triple “F”) Black Powder or “P”
Pyrodex granular powder.
As loading consistency is the secret to accuracy, be certain that your powder measure is
filled exactly the same each time and that all of the powder enters the muzzle as you pour
it into the barrel. After pouring in the charge, tap the pistol barrel lightly with the empty
measure to settle the powder into the breech area. Next, center the lubricated cloth patch
over the muzzle, ensuring that the weave of the cloth is placed in the same direction for
each loading - as this too leads to consistency. Place the ball on top of the patch - being
certain that the sprue mark (flat section on the cast ball) is in the “up” position and carefully
centered.
Start the ball into the barrel with the stubby end of the ball/bullet starter. A properly
patched round ball will require considerable pressure and start suddenly. Once the ball
is started, use the long end of the bullet starter (or use a ramrod) to push the ball the
remainder of the way down the barrel and to seat it firmly against the powder charge as
illustrated in Photo “A”.
Never fire a muzzleloader unless you are sure the projectile is firmly seated on the
powder charge and the ramrod has been removed from the bore. Shooters should
bear in mind that the muzzleloading projectile is not crimped into position as is the
fixed cartridge projectile. If a projectile does not fit tightly then jarring or movement
of the firearm can cause it to move forward. If the firearm is fired when a projectile
is forward or off the powder charge, or the ramrod is still in the bore, then the projectile
or ramrod may act as a bore obstruction. This can cause a ruptured or burst
barrel. A ruptured or burst barrel may cause injury and/or death to the shooter or
bystanders and damage to property. If, due to fouling, a bullet or ball becomes lodged
part way down the barrel, the firearm must be disassembled and the charge removed.
See section on “Cleaning”. Also see section on “Pulling a Charge”.
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PHOTO A
Start the ball with the stubby
end of the Bullet Starter.
A tight fitting combination will
load smartly. Never attempt to
start the ball with the ramrod.
Used improperly the ramrod
will break and possibly injure
your hand.
Seat the ball firmly against the powder charge but do not pound on it. As stressed previously,
uniformity is important. To achieve accuracy, the ball should be loaded and seated
with the same pressure shot after shot. After loading the first powder charge and patched
round ball - the ramrod should be carefully marked with a reference mark to ensure that
each succeeding load is seated to the same depth. See Photo “B”.
PHOTO B
Mark the ramrod at the muzzle. Use a
marking pencil to mark the ramrod.
This will allow you to ensure that each
ball is seated to the same depth. Erase
and remark each time you adjust the
charge or change projectiles. when you
arrive at the desired charge, cut a clean
notch in the ramrod so you will have a
permanent reference mark. This reference
mark will serve as an indicator only with the
charge and projectile used when it was
marked. When the charge and/or
projectile change, the reference mark
will also change.
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Priming Your Charged Patriot Pistol
Do not prime the firearm until you are actually ready to fire and you have double
checked to ensure that the ramrod has been removed from the barrel.
Thompson/Center does not recommend priming the pistol until the instant
before actual firing. Carrying a charged primed firearm and relying upon the
safety mechanism can be dangerous. Accidental discharge is a constant hazard
which, if it occurs, can cause injury and/or death to the shooter or bystanders
and damage to property.
If you have followed the preceding instructions, your muzzleloading pistol will now be
charged with Black Powder or Pyrodex and a patched round lead ball will be firmly seated
against the powder charge as illustrated here. Your ramrod will be marked to the exact
seating depth ensuring that all following projectiles are seated in the same manner. The
hammer of your Patriot will be in the half-cock position.
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When you are ready to fire, carefully remove the pistol from the loading stand. Hold the
pistol firmly, with the muzzle pointed downrange as shown in Photo “C”. Pull the hammer
all the way back into the full-cocked position. Prime the pistol by pressing a No.11 percussion
cap onto the nipple. “Set” the trigger in the manner described in the Photo “D”
captions (also read the the section here labeled “Setting the Patriot Trigger).
Raise the Pistol and Fire the Shot!
If you decide not to fire, remove the cap from the nipple. Use a suitable decapping
tool like T/C's Decapper. Hold your thumb on the hammer so that it can not drop freely
and pull the trigger. Allow the hammer to move forward slowly until it rests on the nipple.
Return the hammer to half-cock position.
Setting The Patriot Trigger
The Patriot Pistol is equipped with a double-set trigger that functions differently from the
triggers used on Thompson/Center muzzleloading rifles. First, the Patriot trigger must be
set in order to fire the pistol (double-set triggers on T/C rifles function either as single
stage or double set). Secondly, the front trigger on the Patriot is the set trigger, the rear
trigger is the firing trigger (see Photo “D”) - T/C muzzleloading rifle triggers function in
the reverse order.
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Before charging or capping your Patriot Pistol, study the function of the trigger
mechanism carefully. With the pistol uncharged and unprimed and the
hammer in the half-cock position, pull hard on the front trigger (one closest
to the muzzle). As the trigger “sets” an audible “click” will be heard. At this
point, only light pressure on the rear trigger will cause the sear to release.
Accidental discharge is a constant hazard which, if it occurs, can cause injury
and/or death to the shooter or bystanders and damage to property.
NOTE: It is not necessary to fully cock the hammer to test the function of the set trigger
mechanism. Cocking the hammer and “dry-firing” the Patriot will result in damage
to the nipple and/or hammer.
Suggested Black Powder and Pyrodex®
Loads for the Patriot Pistol
The following chart shows recommended charges for the Thompson/Center Patriot Pistol.
A series of charges are shown to clearly illustrate the safe loading range for the particular
caliber.
Maximum loads are not to be exceeded nor is a substitution of powder or granulations
to be attempted! Only use loads that are listed for your particular caliber,
model and bullet style. Failure to follow these instructions may result in
injury and/or death to the shooter or bystanders and damage to property.
The shooter is instructed to start with the lightest charge listed. As you become familiar
with the firearm, increase your charges gradually until you reach your best performing
load (most accurate). The large asterisk in the chart indicates the charge that proved to
be most accurate in our testing. Your optimum charge will be at or near this point.
Thompson/Center Arms is not accountable for loading information printed in sources
other than this booklet.
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Load Charts for the Patriot Pistol
For Use With .36 Caliber Patriot
.350" Diameter Pure Lead Round Ball
Patches Lubricated with Bore Butter
#11 Percussion Cap
.36 Caliber Patriot
Black Powder &
Round Ball Loads
.350" Diameter
Lead Ball
Weight (Grains)
Black Powder
Charge (Grains)
Muzzle Velocity
(Feet Per Second)
65 Grain
Lead Ball
20 grs. FFG 1182 F.P.S.
25 grs. FFG 1223 F.P.S.
30 grs. FFG 1282 F.P.S.
35 grs. FFG 1343 F.P.S.
Load Shown in Red is Maximum
For Use With .45 Caliber Patriot
.440" Diameter Pure Lead Round Ball
Patches Lubricated with Bore Butter
#11 Percussion Cap
.45 Caliber Patriot
Black Powder &
Round Ball Loads
.440" Diameter
Lead Ball
Weight (Grains)
Black Powder
Charge (Grains)
Muzzle Velocity
(Feet Per Second)
127 Grain
Lead Ball
20 grs. FFG 853 F.P.S.
25 grs. FFG 908 F.P.S.
30 grs. FFG 963 F.P.S.
35 grs. FFG 1071 F.P.S.
Load Shown in Red is Maximum
Loads For The
T/C Patriot
Muzzleloading Pistol
Only
Loading Supplement Part No.00016867
11/2005
Thompson/Center Arms Company, Inc.
PO Box 5002, Rochester, NH 03866
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