Yes the reenactors dump the charge down the bore, bump it, to settle it, cap it and fire.
That being said, with revolvers and smith carbines, they compress dry cream of wheat over the powder charge. (The smith carbine is a break open breach loader that used brass or rubber (yes rubber) cartridges that were set off by a musket cap.)if you load it for him, you could pack some cream of wheat over the charge to give a little more resistance than just a paper wad.
But that breaks one of the cardinal rules of muzzle loaders.
NEVER FIRE ONE YOU DIDN'T LOAD, OR SUPERVISE THE LOADING OF!
I for one am glad I don't have friends like you, wanting to make me look foolish, or inept.
Maybe he just lacks the social skills to ask nicely if you would take him muzzle loader hunting..
We were recently granted custody of my 14 year old nephew, he is always saying "you gotta take me to school for tutoring" or "you gotta take take me to such and such" we respond with" all I HAVE to do is, pay taxes and die.."
We re trying to teach him to ask, can you take me, or May I go to such and such.
You never know, he may get to liking muzzle loaders.
He may have a hidden urge to learn how they did it in the old days.
I make 2 predictions:
ON THE DATE WHEN US TROOPS ARE ISSUED AN Energy Pulse Weapon,
1. The US Soldier will have on his person a version of the Colt 1911.
2. He will be aiming the NEW Weapon at someone carrying an AK.