Re: Rifle that will not fire ????
American Pioneer Powder got back to me and repeated what several of you here said: Use loose powder, not sticks in a side lock black powder rifle.
So I'm off to the range today to try it and expect it to be fine, as there appears to be nothing else wrong with the rifle. This episode of my friends's goes to show, again, that you can not trust the guy behind the counter in a gun store. The guy sold him the sticks of powder and #10 caps knowing he had a side lock muzzle loader. But some blame goes to the powder company who never say on their web page or on the bottle of sticks that they should not be used with side lock rifles. Oh well.