I like a good muzzleloader. There. I said it and I’m not ashamed. Why should I be? Muzzleloaders are a heck of a lot of fun. I haven’t taken a ton a deer with one, but I have spent a good amount of time hunting with one. Today’s muzzleloaders are way better than those available just a few years ago and they get better all the time.
Take the Traditions Vortek Ultralight, for example. My test rifle was all camo, with a matching scope. It has a 28” fluted barrel that drives the bullet out with a pretty sweet amount of accuracy. As we know, only accurate rifles are interesting. I sighted mine in the old fashion way, by blowing up old pumpkins and watermelons out of my father-in-law’s garden. Hey, you have to find the fun in life, right?
Other notable features are the CeraKote finish, which protects the metal from corrosion, a common problem to smokepoles. The rifle also has Hogue inserts for extra grip. I like ANYTHING related to Hogue products, so this was a welcome touch.
The trigger pull is completely adjustable with an excellent drop-out trigger assembly that come set at 4 pounds. This is the best trigger I’ve seen yet in a muzzleloader.
The breech plug is removable without tools, a feature many manufacturers are going to. It takes a 209 primer like all the others do and worked flawlessly. Cleaning was a snap.
The scope was clear and had good eye relief. It has built-in drop compensation for shooting at distances.
Shooting at distances is something Traditions is building a tradition upon. They are making muzzleloaders that really can reach out and smack something. I wouldn’t have a problem with a 200+ yard shot with this puppy. They make a model specifically for longer-range shots too. How cool is that?
Now for the weight. Can you say 6.5 pounds? Yes, I said 6.5 pounds for a muzzleloader! They use an alloy for the receiver frame and the fluted barrel cuts down even more. These guns were made for hunting, plain and simple.
So there you go, light weight, shooting straight, sweet looking and easy cleaning. Sounds like the perfect muzzleloader… or wife. Either way… Get a Traditions today!