Friday, July 13, 2012

Where Can Muzzleloader Hunting Go From Here?

The Traditions .50 caliber VORTEK Ultra Light LDR rifle shown here, with accompanying .50 caliber VORTEK pistol, is currently one of the leading State-of-the-Art modern in-line muzzleloading rifles on the market.  This is truly a "long range" hunting muzzleloader, built with a 30-inch barrel that can squeeze 2,009 f.p.s. out of a 110-grain charge of Blackhorn 209 loaded behind a saboted 300-grain bullet.  At the muzzle, the load generates right at 2,690 foot-pounds of energy, and from 100 to 200 yards, the load has right at 10 inches of drop.  The scope on this rifle is one of the excellent Hi-Lux Optics multi-reticle TB-ML muzzleloader hunting scopes, and using the 200-yard reticle with a dead-on hold at that distance...this rig and load will put a modern saboted polymer tipped 300-grain spire-point right through the chest cavity of a deer with more than 1,400 ft. lbs. of retained knockdown power.

So, where can muzzleloader hunting performance go from here? This new NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING report takes a look at what likely lies ahead...

Traditions Muzzleloader Hunting