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Muzzleloader Hunting
 

Muzzleloader Hunting for Whitetail Deer


In December of 2006 we had failed to harvest an whitetail deer in Pike County, Illinois

throughout the year with both archers and gun hunters. The whitetail buck was massive

and carried a huge drop tine of more than 10 inches. We estimated the big whitetail buck

to be over 170 inches however we had no idea just how large the buck really was. In fact

during that season Alex Rutledge had even filmed the monster whitetail with the Hunter

Specialties camera crews but was unable to get an ethical archery shot on the gorilla

buck. Come muzzleloader season in Pike County, Illinois we really thought our chances

of harvesting the great whitetail deer were decreasing by the day. Then along came

muzzleloader season in Pike County, Illinois. Conditions were bitter cold and no rut was

in sight. Late season muzzleloader normally consists of strategies surrounding food plots

as whitetail deer are in need of food, forcing them to food plots due to the post harvest of

agricultural crops. Morning one of the muzzleloader season in Illinois we placed a hunter

atop a oak tree so he could guard the food plot like a sentinel at the gates of hell. Upon

entering the ambush site the hunter loaded his Thompson Center muzzleloader but

accidentally dropped his rod from the tree stand to the ground. Confident he could make

the first shot he stayed in the stand and did not go to retrieve the rod. Less than an hour

into daylight out stepped the huge drop tine buck. Our hunter rested his gun on the shoot

rail and fired off a shot that took the monster whitetail buck which scored 210 inches.


Many states, have special hunting seasons for muzzleloaders. Many hunters fail to take full advantage of these seasons due to a lack of confidence in the proper use of muzzleloaders, however modern technological advancements have resolved these issues. There are two main types of muzzleloading firearms -- “traditional” and “in-line.” One difference in these types is the degree of rifling in the barrel, commonly referred to as the “twist.” Twist refers to the rifling in the barrel that causes the bullet to spin as it travels down the barrel. This rotation/spin stabilizes the bullet during flight for better accuracy. Traditional muzzleloaders have a slower twist rate, such as 1:48, while more modern in-lines typically have a 1:28 twist. With a 1:48 twist, the bullet has to travel 48 inches to make one full rotation. Likewise, a bullet has to travel 28 inches to make one full rotation in a barrel with a 1:28 twist.

Bullet types and weights should be matched to the twist to produce optimum accuracy. Round lead balls with patches or conical lead bullets, commonly called “buffalo” bullets shoot more accurately in barrels with a slow twist. In-line muzzleloaders with faster twist barrels tend to shoot lighter weight modern bullets more accurately. These include bullets seated in a plastic jacket, also called sabots. Others may be copper-jacketed rifle or handgun bullets. With both types of muzzleloaders, there are different weights, types, and styles of bullets. Individual firearms have a tendency to shoot a certain bullet type more accurately than others do. A trip to the firing range will help you determine which bullet shoots most accurately in your muzzleloader.

Just as there are varieties of bullet types, there are varieties of powder types. “Black” powder has been used for many years and is preferred by many traditionalists. Although effective, black powder has a tendency to readily absorb moisture, thus affecting ignition. It also is very caustic and can cause barrels to rust if they are not properly maintained.

In recent years, a number of black powder substitutes have been formulated to reduce these drawbacks. Some powders are also available in pellet form. These powders come in premeasured, highly compressed pellets that can be dropped directly into the barrel when loading. Powder charges are measured by volume, not by weight. Many traditional muzzleloaders are not designed to handle the magnum charges that some in-lines are capable of shooting. Accuracy in muzzleloaders is often improved by reducing the powder volume below the maximum recommended charge. Regardless of the type of powder used, shooters should never exceed the amount recommended by the firearm manufacturer.

The care and maintenance given to a muzzleloader also affects its reliability and accuracy. All powders leave a residue in the barrel that can greatly affect the next shot. This residue can affect the ignition rate of a powder charge that has been left in the barrel for an extended period. Powder residue may also cause barrels to rust, even in stainless steel muzzleloaders, if left unattended. Rust destroys accuracy by eroding the rifling in a barrel. Powder residue and fragments of lead, copper or plastic from sabots (referred to as fouling) left behind from previous bullets being fired through the barrel may also affect bullet accuracy. Fouling and powder residue should be kept to a minimum. A moistened cleaning patch should be swabbed down the barrel between shots to help reduce these problems. Additionally swabbing with a moist patch will remove any hot embers that might remain in the barrel prior to reloading. Any cleaning solvents or oil residue left in the barrel, nipple, or breech plug can be absorbed by the powder, causing a delayed shot (often referred to as a “hang fire”) or even a misfire. Just prior to loading, swab the barrel with a dry cloth and then fire a couple of primers to burn any oil residue remaining in the barrel.

Muzzleloading firearms have progressed to become extremely reliable and efficient. Many improvements have been made in the firearms themselves. There also exists a greater variety of powders and bullets. In order for a hunter to become proficient with a muzzleloader, he should practice from a solid rest, and experiment with different bullet types and weights, along with powder types and volumes, following manufacturer specifications, before heading to the field to hunt.


Due to the advancement of muzzleloaders this type of hunting has become very popular

and very productive in the Midwest. IMB Outfitters holds muzzleloader hunts in

Missouri, Iowa, Pike County, Illinois, Kansas, and Nebraska. Many years ago these

hunts were not “power” or high success hunts, however over the past 4 years or so they

have become very successful and we have put down some absolute giant whitetail bucks

on these outings. Muzzleloader hunts are also normally cheaper than peak of the rut

hunts which will save you a few dollars.


One reason we have seen high success on these hunts is because deer are starving and

very predictable about coming into food plots. Almost like clockwork. The other aspect

of the success other than advanced weaponry is that it takes a very dedicated hunter to

pursue deer with muzzleloader and normally pressure and amount of hunters in the

woods is decreased dramatically affording those that are hunting with a higher chance of

taking the whitetail buck of a lifetime.


If your one of those hunters that doesn’t crave companionship when hunting, and likes to

have the timber all to themselves then muzzleloader hunting is for you. In fact, for most

of my years afield our business (IMB Outfitters) has only taken about 5% of its hunters

during this time. I have seen camps when the muzzleloader hunters had the whole camp

and lodge to themselves getting the entire attention of our staff and every property at their

disposal. I guess that, for that reason, I have always had a special place in my heart or

draw to the late blackpowder season in Illinois , Iowa, Missouri Nebraska, and Kansas.

Some states have shortened the muzzleloader seasons to near extinction. We've often

hunted this entire season without seeing more than a handful of other hunters, and many

of those times occurred while hunting in the same areas that crawled with orange-clad

hoards in November.


Harvest figures calculate that lack of pressure. A total of 18,797 deer were taken in
Arkansas 2002-03, the last year for which complete records are available. But only 1,236
of those were taken during what passes for late season these days. This is a time were
you will own the woods and have the privacy you need to take down big deer. Deer also
know this lack of hunting pressure is occurring and move more freely so hunters can have
a better chance at harvesting a trophy whitetail buck with muzzleloader during
muzzleloader season.

Over a lifetime spent chasing whitetails I've come to understand that this late-season hunt
offers more than just a chance to have the woods to yourself. The fact is that some quality
hunting still exists long after most hunters have cleaned their deer rifles and put them
away for the year! There are several reasons for this.
(1.) Without the hunting pressure common to the modern gun season, deer will be in
more normal movement patterns. Since during the winter those pretty much revolve
around the available food sources, the deer will be localized, especially in those areas
where food sources are limited. During this time of year we have seen up to 120 deer
enter one food plot at a time. I once heard a hunter in our camps saying it was like
shooting ducks off a pond. I’ve seen entire groups come in and watch every hunter go
home with a trophy whitetail buck via muzzleloader.
(2.) Without that same hunting pressure, even the bigger bucks are more likely to be on
the move. If food is scarce, or an occasional doe comes into estrus around the New Year,
even the old-timers may be visible during daylight hours. Since these mature bucks
typically go nocturnal during November, moving only at night, your trophy chances can
drastically improve around Christmas. Remember peak of the rut is mid November in the
Midwest therefore any does that aren’t bred come back into heat 45 days later making
those late muzzleloader hunts present a second rut running of whitetail deer. Often times
our hunters report seeing chasing of does and rut activity occur during this time period.
Its true.
(3.) Deep winter weather is typically bad. While that may not sound like a plus to some,
many serious hunters prefer rainy/wet/cold weather because it not only tends to put game
on the move but also makes stalking quieter. Just last season I waited until after a heavy
rain storm subsided and entered the timber to stalk on the quiet forest floor. The results
coughed up a buck of a lifetime for me as the deer were unable to hear me walking in on
their position. Many reasons exist to support why you ought to book a muzzleloader hunt
with a whitetail outfitter in the Midwest. Especially Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska,
and Kansas.

Hunting whitetail deer with a muzzleloader will require you to have a strategy before
leaving the truck especially during the late season. Of course if hunting with an outfitter
he should have a plan. As aforementioned we concentrate on food sources and food plots
which attract big bucks during the late season like a magnet. "Find the food source, find
the deer": an old hunter's adage that's never more apt than at this time of year. But you
also have to know what the deer are feeding on and when.

Acorn crop production is not reliable every year. In fact it is my belief that heavy mast
production from those mighty oaks occurs about once every three years or so. These
areas must be located. As a result, they weren't concentrated in any one area, or on any
one food, which is a far more typical scenario during the deep winter period.

When the acorn crop is spotty, or even nonexistent, the deer will be feeding on secondary
food sources, such as honeysuckle and greenbrier if you don’t hunt the Midwestern
agricultural fields. Thus when you plan a muzzleloader hunt you really need to hunt the
Midwest in States such as Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, etc. These areas provide a constant
food source as will your outfitter if he’s worth a “poop” as he will have food plots
planted. Look deep into the heart of the thickest areas of timber of brush for midday and
morning hunts as the deer will find windbreaks to reduce the chill of winter air such as a
brush-covered ridge. I knarly thicket in late season can produce more deer in one day
than I normally would see in the entire season. I can remember back to 1990 in Pike
County, Illinois when I was hunting with Brent Thomure during the late season. We
were the only ones crazy enough to be out hunting at that time and headed for the thickest
locations we could find in search of a trophy whitetail buck. I swear we viewed over
1000 different whitetails in a two week span and were both successful in harvesting two
great whitetail bucks. Hunters DON’T UNDERESTIMATE WHAT LATE SEASON
MUZZLELOADING HOLDS FOR YOU. Typically population will be high and deer
will be off guard making them easier to pursue.

Prime examples of late-season upland feeding spots are: remote honeysuckle or
greenbrier thickets; a particular oak belt where the acorn fall was heavy enough to last
into the deep winter; a low-growing sapling grove; or a green crop field or planted food
plot. The key is that in any area there will be some spot that attracts and holds the deer
you are seeking for harvest. This is the greatest thing about late season muzzleloader
hunting is that once you find the whitetail herd you will be entertained with large
numbers of whitetail deer throughout the hunt. A good outfitter will know where the
herd is prior to your arrival.

Once you locate that area, try to locate the access trails leading to and from the location.
Remembering the past hunting season, deer - and especially bucks - will tend to avoid
openings during daylight. So if an area of dense cover is in the vicinity, it's likely that a
security zone that the resident deer have used since rifle season. There should be trails
connecting the two. Deer also understand that with the leaves now off the trees they are
more visible, so these trails will typically move through thicker cover which you will
want to concentrate on.

Rut activity will be occurring, but just not on the peak level like in Mid November.

However it's pretty hit-or-miss. In quite a few areas today, buck-to-doe ratios are still far

out of kilter. There are simply too many does for the bucks to get the job done on the first

go-round. The good news is that all females not bred during the November primary

period will "come in" again and again on a 28-day schedule. Biologists claim that very

few does actually go unbred from one year to the next. So the numbers game dictates that

there will be a few does still unbred in late December.

Finding a ready doe at this time of year is about as close to a sure thing as you will ever
have in deer hunting. If you happen on one of those, especially in a remote location, she
may well attract every buck in that area! Once you find a hot doe in an area stay on her.
Hunt her and you’ll be tagging out on a big deer before its over with as long as your
hunting in a state that holds big whitetail deer.

Weather was different when I was a kid, which is more years ago than I care to

remember. Due to global warming and the continuing effects of a changing environment

you will run into temperatures during the muzzleloader hunts of the Midwestern States

that will require you to bring the warmest clothing available in the hunt industry. I can

remember in 2007 I had a Marine in my Iowa camp that had worked all over the world

for the United State Government. He swore his Iowa hunt was colder than any polar

icecap he had been to. Maybe he was exaggerating but I tell you if you don’t gear up

properly you will be uncomfortable.


Many great companies offer clothing that will protect you from the bitter elements
however the best are Walls Clothing, packed with hand warmers and pack boots from
LaCrosse to match. It is important to keep your head, ears, face, neck, and extremities
good and warm. The good news is that in this day and time there is really no reason for
the modern hunter to ever be cold or wet, even during extreme periods. The past decade
has brought us new words such as Thermax, Gore-Tex, Thinsulate and polypropylene.
These "miracle" fabrics have signaled an end to the days of freezing on a deer stand.
Personally, I prefer the various "fleece" outfits for hunting because they are quieter.
Choice of camouflage pattern is pretty much up to the individual, but there are many
good ones but we promote Mossy Oak and Trebark. If its snowing or snow covered its
always a good idea to have a snow camo suit at your fingertips to use at this time of year.

Like I said your going to need some good boots. My feet are always the first body part to
get cold. I wear LaCrosse Pack Boots, but when I arrive to the tree stand I take them off
and shake up a couple Heatmax heat packs and place them in the toes of my boots. You
can also use what are called “Bear Feet” or insulated boot covers that zip up and cover
the entire boot. Nothing is more irritating than a pair of boots that cause blisters or leaks
which once again brings me back to stressing that LaCrosee makes the best hunting boots
in the world. Because I was taught that rubber doesn't let your scent through to the
ground, I’ve even been known to use a pair of insulated chest waders. Cleated soles work
best in the mountains where the ground cover typically consists of slick pine needles. If
you decide to buy a new pair of boots - particularly leather ones - break them in before
the season begins.

No other hunting weapon has evolved more than the muzzleloading rifle. When modern

blackpowder hunting first started back in the late 1970s or early 1980s, only a couple of

companies took the frontstuffer hunting arena seriously. Long gone are the days of the

Daniel Boone type muzzleloader guns. Those old style muzzleloaders only had a

maximum range of 50 to 60 yards if you were using a .50 caliber round ball. Naturally,

weather had a drastic effect on reliability, and misfires were common. Those days are

long behind us with the modern day advancements that companies such as Thompson and

Center have produced.

Today the muzzleloader hunters equipped with a .45-caliber inline and scope can
consistently shoot 1.5-inch groups at 100 yards or better. Topped with a variable scope,
it's a gun with which I'd unhesitatingly try to take any shot out to 200 yards under the
right conditions. In addition, the fully enclosed disc system combines with sabots and
Pyrodex pellets to make the weapon just about weatherproof. In fact I have seen many
hunters shoot at distances in excess of 200 yards with Thompson Center products
equipped with the proper scope.

I won't get into the never-ending argument about whether these guns are actually
"primitive" arms. The answer is obvious: They aren't. But no one would confuse the
compound bows being carried into the woods today with the ones that Native Americans
toted when Europeans arrived, either. Modern inlines are considered legal under the
present hunting regulations, so the choice of whether or not you use one is entirely up to
you.

Whatever you decide to use, make sure you become familiar with it before heading
afield. New or old, in-line or flintlock, with a muzzleloader you only have one chance
when the moment of truth arrives. A few hours spent at the local rifle range can go a long
way toward improving your chances.

Muzzleloader hunters need to be prepared mentally. Your state of mind is never more

vital than during late-season hunting. If you approach your time in the woods as being

"wasted" or "hopeless," your hunting will certainly reflect that attitude. With such an

attitude you will scout less, watch less intently, and a result be less successful. This type

of hunting and time of year is one of the best times to be in the timber. If its true world

class animals don’t get big by being stupid its safe to assume that the biggest deer are still

out in the timber to pursue during the late season as they have eluded early season hunters

by hiding in their favorite places that hunters don’t penetrate. This is your best chance at

taking the cover of any whitetail specialty magazine with the buck of a lifetime. Like

Billy the Kid on the movie Young Guns, this time of year can “make you famous.” If

your hunting late season muzzleloader, then odds are you have been beat up and had bad

luck early in the season making things worse, many hunters have already put in countless

hours in a deer stand - maybe with little or no success - so their attention span will be far

less. Don’t let your bad luck endured earlier in the year effect your mental state just

because its late season and your muzzleloading.
Today I view late-season muzzleloader hunting as my last chance to deer hunt with a gun
for an entire year. I still take it seriously, but the slower pace offers the perfect
opportunity to reflect on the successes - and failures - I've had during this and past
seasons.

So to sum up, late-season muzzleloading is for the hunter who's afield because he wants
to be, and that's as good a reason as there is. Muzzleloader hunters are the hard core
dedicated hunters that deserve a salute and respect as they are displaying the most
important trait to take a big deer……………………………………………perseverance!

ABOUT THOMPSON CENTER ARMS

Because of the excellence Thompson Center has achieved I simply have to go into detail
about the greatest single muzzleloader company in the world so you can understand what
their origin, goal, and product line is. The wrong weapon choice can cost you the buck of
a lifetime. If there is one weapon you cannot “skimp” or elect to go the cheapest route
with it’s the muzzleloader.

In 1965, K. W. Thompson Tool was looking for a product to build and a gun designer,
Warren Center, was looking for someone to build his Contender® pistol. It was a perfect
match. The facilities at K. W. Thompson Tool were expanded and Thompson/Center
Arms was formed. Two years later, the first Contender Pistol was shipped, starting a
trend in high performance hunting handguns, which continues to grow every year. To
date, over 400,000 Contender pistols have been shipped and the pistol’s reputation for
versatility, accuracy and dependability goes unchallenged among serious handgun
shooters.

Since the production of the initial Contender Pistol, the company has expanded its
facilities and product line numerous times. In 1970, Thompson/Center entered the Black
Powder market with the introduction of their first muzzleloading rifle, the Hawken.
Muzzleloading interest at the time was minimal and the market needed a quality rifle,
which could not only be shot but could be purchased at a reasonable price. Original or
antique rifles were selling for high prices and most collectors opted not to fire these
pieces. The T/C Hawken™ was the first of many muzzleloader types for
Thompson/Center.
Currently, Thompson/Center produces an extensive line of single shot pistols and rifles,
plus a full line of muzzleloading rifles and “black powder” accessories.

The old-style Contender Pistol has been redesigned. Now called the G2 Contender (2nd
generation), it continues to be the most versatile hunting pistol on the market, with the
capabilities of accepting both rimfire and centerfire barrels. In addition to the G2
Contender Pistol, T/C also produces a G2 Contender Rifle, again boasting readily
interchangeable barrels. Sporting a 23” barrel and weighing only 5.4 pounds, there isn’t a
handier, more versatile rifle anywhere.
The overall success of the Contender Pistol, and the reputation it established, led the
company to bring out a slightly larger version, with a longer and thicker frame. Called the
Encore®, this pistol/rifle accepts the larger, high-powered cartridges popular with hunters
who want more power at extended ranges.
Over the last 15 years, the sport of “black powder” hunting has increased dramatically —
as have hunters’ demands. Generally not interested in the nostalgia, which accompanies
the guns of the 1800’s, these hunters want modern designs, better accuracy at extended
ranges, and easier cleaning. Although Thompson/Center continues to offer our first
muzzleloader, the Hawken, most of the muzzleloaders T/C offers today are modern in-
line styles. These modern muzzleloaders are capable of accepting magnum charges of
150 grains of FFG Black Powder, or Pyrodex® equivalent (i.e.: three each of 50 grain [50
caliber] Pyrodex pellets).

Thompson/Center now offers four different styles of modern in-line muzzleloaders. The
Omega™ has a sealed pivoting breech design. The Encore 209x50 Magnum is the most
versatile and popular muzzleloader available on the market today. ‘The Encore Endeavor
which comes with T/C’s Speed Breech XT and the Triumph, T/C’s new magnum
muzzleloader.
An extensive array of black powder accessories are available for purchase to compliment
T/C’s muzzleloading product line. Our entire product line is built with one thing in mind
— quality. Thompson/Center guns are built by New Englanders, who take pride in
— building a sturdy product and selling it at a fair price. In addition, Thompson/Center stands behind each gun with their famous Lifetime Warranty.
Our precision investment castings come from our own casting facility here in Rochester,
Thompson Investment Castings. T/C’s dedication to giving shooters and hunters their
best product value begins with the T/C employees. More often than not, T/C employees
use T/C products when they head into the fields and woods... products they (and you) can
rely on, year after year.

Thompson/Center is not old by historical standards however, in less than 40 years, we
have contributed heavily to the growth of shooting and hunting sports in America. We’ve
elevated handgun hunting and hunting with a muzzleloader to new heights.
Thompson/Center continues to lead the industry through the development of innovative,
quality products for sport shooters and hunters worldwide.

In 2007 Thompson/Center became part of Smith & Wesson Holdings, Co. and is
recognized as Smith & Wesson Hunting.

Thompson Center offers a vast array of weapons which include the following:

Thompson Center Products

The New Icon Muzzleloader

There are so many technical, mechanical and performance-enhancing features on T/C’s
new Icon™ that it can’t really be compared to other bolt actions. From the revolutionary
Interlok™ Bedding System™ to the innovative T-Slot Extractor™, the Icon™ is the
ultimate in accuracy, precision and reliability. The Icon comes chambered in popular
calibers.

Thompson/Center teamed up with Hornady to engineer a cartridge designed to work
perfectly with the Icon. It’s a 30 caliber medium action cartridge with the velocity and
knock-down power of a 30-06 cartridge. Take a look for yourself and see the new era of
bolt action firearms.

The Icon Classic

The Icon Classic™ has all the fine details of the best and most expensive bolt actions on
the market, with little extras that give it a sense of luxury. The Icon Classic, already a
favorite among today’s top pros, is fast becoming a true American classic.
The Icon WS
The Icon WS™ (Weather Shield™) has all the amenities of the Classic, but with added
protection for the harshest conditions. The Hogue® over-molded composite stock and
Weather Shield™ finish can withstand anything mother nature may throw at them, and
the option of Realtree’s AP™ camo makes the Icon WS™ an ideal choice for any hunter.

Full body, jeweled bolt design provides greater bearing surface for a smooth, non-binding action

"T-Slot" extractor is incorporated into the locking lug, uniformly supporting the cartridge
head
A cocking indicator is integrated into the bolt sleeve to provide both a visual and tactile
reference that the rifle is armed
Bolt disassembly is made easy with the use of the supplied tool, making field
maintenance practical 60-degree bolt lift is made possible by three locking lugs for
greater bolt-to-scope clearance Removable bolt handle provides the option of
interchanging handles with Custom Shop options Two position safety allows the shooter
to load and unload the rifle with the safety on. Independent bolt lock secures the bolt
from opening during field use. Bolt lock is automatically disengaged when the safety is
removed.

Adjustable trigger is preset to 3 to 3.5 lbs of pull, zero creep and overtravel. Factory tool
is provided for additional adjustments

Interlok™ bedding block provides a stable and rigid platform for securing the barreled

action into the stock.

A (3) round, single stack, magazine maintains perfect alignment for flawless feeding.

Replacement 3 round magazines. For use with T/C Icon; fits 22-250, 243 win, 308 win,

and 30 TC rounds. No. 9801

Classic style stock boasts a select grade of finely figured walnut. Elaborate 20 LPI cut

checking compliments the fine lines of the rifle


S&K ULTRA WOOD™ Walnut stocks (patent pending) have a high grade wood and

carbon fiber construction, yielding a wooden gunstock that is unmatched in looks and

performance.

Ultra Walnut gunstock blanks consist of three pieces of hand-selected walnut laminated

together with two sheets of carbon fiber.

The hinged floor plate offers light weight quick loading every time.

The Encore (my personal favorite)
It’s no secret that the Encore® is the most technologically advanced muzzleloader ever
created. Now, with the addition of interchangeable barrels in 95 calibers, it’s also the
most technologically advanced shooting system ever conceived. We designed it around
the Encore’s universal frame, long trusted by hunting professionals. Utilizing the break
open design, within minutes, easily change between centerfire, muzzleloading and
shotgun configurations. Whatever your game preference. Whatever the season. Imagine a
gun you can take with you...year round. Accurate. Reliable. And versatile. The Encore®
truly is a gun for all seasons.

• Single Shot Break-Open Design
• “Minute of Angle” Accuracy
• Blued and Stainless Steel Models
• Readily Interchangeable Barrels
• In Over 17 cartridges - from .22 Hornet to .416 Rigby
• Magnum .50 caliber muzzleloader barrels
• 12 Ga and 20 Ga - smoothbore or rifled
The Triumph
The Triumph IT REALLY IS BEAUTIFULLY SIMPLE! With only four moving parts,
there is no need to remove the trigger group, disassemble or use tools to clean the rifle.
Advanced metal coating for corrosion protection and durabability.

The only breech plug that can be removed by hand. No tools required... 90° and out.

The Triumph is available in the New REALTREE® AP HD™ Pattern.

Alloy receiver reduces the weight and balances the rifle for natural handling.
TOGGLE LOCK

Toggle lock action featuring tip-up barrel design (patent pending) provides greater access

to breech area for easier priming and cleaning.

SPEED BREECH XT™

Speed Breech XT™ (patent pending) can be removed by hand by rotating only 90

degrees.

LOCKING LUGS

Opening series of locking lugs on Speed Breech XT™ prevent the breech plug from

getting seized.

3 GAS RINGS

Three gas compression rings (patent pending) on the face of Speed Breech XT™

eliminates 95% of the corrosive fouling.

TRIGGER

Factory set trigger with automatic hammer block safety. All triggers come factory set at 3

to 3.5 pounds
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Game Laws surrounding Muzzleloaders
Caliber requirements, and restrictions regarding muzzleloader pistols and shotguns vary
by state. Always check with the state you plan on muzzleloader prior to your whitetail
hunt for the most current hunting regulations.
Most muzzleloader hunters manage to put themselves into shooting opportunities at trophy whitetail bucks deer every season if they put in ample scouting and stand time.
Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Illinois, and Iowa offer non resident deer tags to muzzleloader hunters with these states being your best choices to take a monster whitetail buck with a muzzleloader.
It’s time to buy a quality muzzleloader and pursue a trophy buck in a quality muzzleloader state in the Midwest.

Darrin Bradley

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