Or well, I guess this could be considered an any loose powder question. I have always used pellets in my muzzleloaders. Right now with my CVA Optima, which I may or may not still be using next season, with 2 triple 7 pellets and a TC shockwave the ramrod goes all the way down the barrel. It is like basically flush with the end of the barrel. The pellets aren't the same diameter as the barrel and one would think that if the powder was the same volume it would spread out more and let the bullet go farther down the barrel. Could I get into a situation where my ramrod could be to short. I guess with the break down design they couldn't make it longer without it sticking out past the end of the barrel.