Hunting Traditions will always be the base of our future in the outdoors.
One such tradition, is the Muzzleloader. Muzzleloader season has always been an intricate part of hunting for me. Every aspect of the sport intrigued me as a young man, and still intrigues me today. Anyone who knows a muzzleloader, knows its more than just pulling the trigger. Its the measuring of powder, the pop of the cap, and that unforgettable smell of the after smoke.
The Basics: A muzzleloader is any firearm into which the projectile and usually the propellant charge is loaded from the muzzle of the gun. Modern muzzleloading firearms range from reproductions of sidelock, flintlock, and percussion long guns, to in-line rifles that use modern inventions such as a closed breech, sealed primer and fast rifling to allow for considerable accuracy at long ranges. Early muzzleloaders date as far back as the pilgrims, and are the basis of which modern rifles are inspired.
The Good: The good in muzzleloader hunting is (in my opinion) the traditional aspect. Muzzleloading is the way to go if you want to relive the old days. They are also great teachers for our younger generation in the aspect of how a gun functions, as well as, a great history lesson.
The Bad: Muzzleloaders are far from your modern centerfire rifles. Its not as simple as inserting a cartridge and pulling the trigger. There are far more steps such as: measuring/pouring in your powder, readying your primer, and inserting your wadding and bullet. The margin for error with a muzzleloader is increased significantly: wet powder, faulty primers, slow reloading, and other such misfires. A muzzleloader is never a guarantee, but the thrill is worth it.
The Silver Lining: At Pure Instinct Hunting, the “silver lining” is simple, Connecticut Valley Arms (CVA). The best muzzleloaders on the market (In my opinion) are built by CVA. I have been shooting a CVA for 15+ years, and I can honestly say I have never had and issue, or a misfire. CVA has taken the market to a whole different level. The best muzzleloaders on the market, but why stop there? Some of the most forgiving, accurate rim fire rifles bare the name “CVA”. At PIH, we shoot more than there muzzleloaders. One of the best things about CVA, is their versatility. Go over to Connecticut Valley Arms and you can build just about any caliber you desire, at an affordable price. At the end of the day, Pure Instinct Hunting shoots CVA and relies on their quality products in the field. If you haven’t experienced a season with a muzzleloader, we urge you to try it out. Its not always bad to “live in the past”. Get out there and burn some powder!!!