Traditions has had great success with its line of long-range muzzleloaders; the guns are fitted with 30-inch barrels that allow maximum powder burn, and they deliver accurate groups and lethal hits at 200 yards. One group of hunters in the Great Plains uses these rifles exclusively for their long-range effectiveness. Traditions has bumped the envelope even further with a new “hammerless” version, which allows a scope to fit more closely to the barrel and eliminates the awkwardness of cocking a hammer under a scope. Here are the details from the manufacturer:

SD Muz Deer 2013 097The Vortek StrikerFire LDR can go the distance when you need that long range shot. With a 30” barrel, you get a more complete powder burn translating to increased velocity, better consistency, and better downrange accuracy. Outfitted with a Chromoly barrel, this barrel material is known among centerfires as being extremely strong and accurate. With no external hammer, the Vortek StrikerFire LDR has a patent-pending internal striker fire system. Slide the striker button forward until it locks and the rifle is cocked. The striker fire system allows for quicker and quieter cocking of the rifle, faster locktime, and gives you the ability to mount your scope closer to the bore. De-cocking the firearm is simple. The recessed de-cocking button allows for quick and quiet de-cocking of the firearm. Also, when you break open the gun an automatic de-cocking occurs. This rifle is equipped with a TAC2 Trigger System that is a 2-stage, competition-style trigger set at two pounds.

The rifle is also equipped with a 1-piece stainless steel Accelerator Breech Plug that allows you to fire both loose and pelletized powder without changing the breech plug and the Stow-N-Go Removable Butt Pad for storage just to name a few in the long list of feature.

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Joe Byers has more than 1,000 magazine articles in print and is currently a field editor with Whitetail Journal, Predator Xtreme, Whitetails Unlimited, Crossbow Revolution, and African Hunting Journal magazines. He’s spent the last three decades depicting the thrill of the chase and photographing the majesty of all things wild. Byers is a member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association and numerous other professional and conservation organizations.