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    What You Need to Know About Modern Muzzleloaders

    When most people think of muzzleloader rifles they think back to a Daniel Boone type character holding a long rifle with a three foot barrel. Lucky for us, those times are far gone and muzzleloader technology has really advanced in the past few years. If you haven't taken a look at muzzleloaders lately then you might be surprised to find how accurate and advanced these guns have become in recent years. Read More ...

    Traditional vs. Inline Muzzleloaders

    Muzzleloaders typically fall into one of two categories: traditional or inline. The main difference lies in the firing mechanism each gun uses. When the average person thinks of a muzzleloader they are probably picturing something like a traditional muzzleloader. These guns hold true to times past and use more primitive technologies; most have flintlocks and are, in general, less popular these days. The flintlock firing mechanism uses a piece of flint attached to an external hammer which strikes a steel plate; this creates sparks which ignite a small amount of powder which in turns ignites the main powder charge. Traditional muzzleloaders can also use caplocks which are similar to flintlocks except they use a percussion cap, as the name might suggest.

    Inline muzzleloaders started showing up in the 1980's and have dominated the muzzleloader market ever since. Inline muzzleloaders are named as such because the igniter is placed in line with the main powder charge which gives the shooter a quicker and more efficient shot. These modern muzzleloaders use bolt, break, pivot and lever actions in order to keep the ignition system fully protected from the elements.

    Inline muzzleloaders have a few advantages over their traditional counterparts. First, since the ignition system is well protected you'll be able to continue your hunt through all sorts of different weather conditions without worrying about your powder getting wet. You'll also get your shot off faster with an inline muzzleloader as traditional muzzleloaders need to burn two different powders before reaching the main powder load. Inline muzzleloaders typically also have removable breech plugs which facilitate easier cleaning and general maintenance. Finally, inline muzzleloaders utilize advanced technologies such as synthetic stocks, scope mounts, comfortable thumb-hole designs and premium triggers.

    Why Muzzleloaders?

    Since muzzleloader technology has advanced muzzleloader hunting has become more popular. Modern muzzleloaders are generally accurate up to about 150 yards when equipped with a scope. Modern advancements have also made the transition to muzzleloaders much easier as they use many technologies which are found in other rifles. There are some real advantages to getting out earlier in the season. First of all, many states have special muzzleloader hunting seasons that allow you to have an earlier hunt and take advantage of a less crowded and picked over hunting area. Next, there is a real challenge to using something a little more primitive like a muzzleloader. Each and every shot really counts since they are individually hand loaded. Finally, if you've grown bored or tired of bow or rifle hunting and want to experience something different and new then muzzleloader hunting might be a good choice. Muzzleloaders are typically very affordable and an easy transition from other forms of hunting.

    Other Considerations

    You will want to get as much information as possible before you jump into muzzleloader hunting. States vary on muzzleloader regulations so it is vital that you research what is acceptable for your state. Each state has their own regulations and seasons when muzzleloaders are acceptable. Different calibers, sights, and powders can be deemed legal in one state and prohibited in the next. Muzzleloader guns are also loud, messy smoky and a lot of fun. So if you're up for a challenge or are just looking for something new then muzzleloaders might be a great fit for you.

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