Can black powder and muskets generally handle more pressure in the barrel than normal guns, I hear of regular guns exploding sometimes upon firing so I wonder if this makes black powder more dangerous to shoot or if they are stronger?
I've had to do that a few times because of damp powder. I learned not to take my loaded muzzleloader into the house the night before a hunt...I leave it in the garage because the condensation which forms as soon as you take it outside in the morning after it's been nice and warm all night will almost always dampen the powder.Well I have seen that done but the ball was completly seated. It is amazing the messes shooters get themselves into when it comes to blackpowder. I have been shooting longer than most folks are old and after awhile you find better ways to not put yourself in that situation. If a lot of folks would just slow down a little their would be less mistakes. I remember the time I was at a blanket shoot. The competition was pretty tight and we were kinda ribbing each other and having a little fun. Anyway I pulled the nipple, put a little powder in the barrel from the breach end and shoot out the roundball. A lot easier than using a ball puller, at least for me it was. So you see their are ways around most things if you just think through it. Follow the basic priciples, if new get a seasoned shooter to help you and you will be fine.
I did you one better! I loaded a .40 S&W case with no powder and it jammed in my barrel a few days later when I went to shoot. I didn't realize it happened until I shot 3 more rounds and noticed no target hits - upon closer inspection I noticed a bullet sticking halfway out the muzzle! I tried pulling it out and only succeeded in pulling the bullet from the jacket. I then tried drilling out the jacket in the hopes of using an easy-out to remove the jacket - the drill bit broke, indicating more than one bullet stuck in the barrel - to make a long story short, I ended up sending the gun back to the factory with a note detailing what I did. They rebarreled it for free even though it was my own stupid negligence that cause it! They also gave me a new magazine, sling and swivels, scope mount, stock, and "buffed" the trigger! They sent the gun back to me within 1 week, and THEY paid the return postage since I forgot to pre-pay it. Oh, and they didn't charge me return postage either! The gun? A .40 cal HiPoint Carbine. It shoots sub 2" groups at 50yds. all day long with cheap Win. White Box ammo. HiPoint (Beemiller Inc.) in my opinion is one of the nicest manufacturers I have ever dealt with. I wrote them a "Thank you" letter stating as much.Next thing you know I loaded my rifle without powder. Hey it will happen if you shoot enough.