Taping a barrel on a muzzleloader?


Mar 28, 2016
Gypsum, Co
Yep, odds are you will actually blow the tape off instead of shooting through it will the amount of air that a ML barrel holds.

You can even buy some barrel condoms or regular balloons and accomplish the same thing.
  • Like
Reactions: idcwby and tim


Veteran member
Feb 21, 2012
Two Harbors, Minnesota
I shot a mule deer (204yds.) and an elk (128 yds.) with tape on the barrel. Those were in CO with open sights. You have a big hole that can allow a lot of moisture in over the course of an extended hunt, especially if you don't change your load each day (and I don't).
I switched from using balloons to electrical tape because tape stays on much better. The only issue that I have had is that after I shot the elk, I was reloading and a piece of tape was still over the muzzle that deflected a bit of the powder. The bull was still in sight, but moved off before I could replace the primer. I found that bull dead, and after getting it packed out I just shot off the load before I tried to fill my deer tag. It would have only taken a second to pull the remaining tape off, and I won't have that issue again.IMG_1757 (3).JPG
The Thor bullet worked as advertised on the elk. Ditto on the deer.


Veteran member
Jul 8, 2015
I've never done it but I put an open ended wonder bread bag over my flintlock lock when its snowing. lol
  • Like
Reactions: tim


Veteran member
Dec 15, 2011
Carlin, NV
I too use the electrical tape with good success. In my case, the tape did not blow off the barrel, I just shot through it. This year I hit heart from 120 yards so I do not feel the accuracy was comprised in anyway. I had to learn the hard way as to why folks put tape or barrel condoms over there muzzle. I was hunting mule deer in 2009 and it had been a miserable raining day. I never thought water could get into my barrel. Fortunately, I didn't find the buck I was looking for, but on the way back to the four wheeler I happened to see yellow in my barrel. I ended up looking down my barrel (not smart) but saw my sabot only 6" from falling out. I had been carrying the gun upside down as I thought that would keep water from getting in there. Apparently something had gotten in and the sabot was slowly sliding out. Since then I have been using electrical tape and have killed 3 bulls from 170, 80, and 120 yards respectively.
  • Like
Reactions: RICMIC and tim


Active Member
This is just MO, and I have no experience with a muzzleloader…..I will tape the barrel of any “long gun” that I carry in the field! The projectile/shot charge will remove the tape before the bullet/charge gets there. Though, I would not double-up on electrical tape. I would strongly suggest ”NOT” using Gorrilla Tape! 😂 memtb

Hatchet Jack

Feb 14, 2018
Appalachian Trail, Maryland
I usually keep duct tape on the end of my muzzleloader barrel during wet weather hunts. Masking tape will work as well. Like someone mentioned earlier. The tape is usually blown off by pressure without any bullet contact.