2018 SHOT Show: New Muzzleloaders and Components


Each and every year muzzleloader manufacturers continue to raise the bar in blackpowder technology and performance, and 2018 continues that trend. (Photo courtesy Howard Communications, Inc.)

Muzzleloaders and their components keep attaining higher performance levels each and every year, and deer hunters are gladly taking advantage of that increased reliability, accuracy and effective range out in the field. Several manufacturers have introduced new products in their muzzleloading lines here at SHOT Show 2018. Read on for some of the highlights.


Thompson Center Triumph Bone Collector

• .50-caliber, 28-inch barrel, 6.5-pound overall weight

• Speed Breech XT breech plug

• Flex-Tech recoil-reducing stock

• Able to fire 150-grain magnum charges 

• Black Weather Shield metal finish

• Available in multiple camouflage patterns including the new Realtree Edge and Realtree Original

CVA Optima V2

• New 28-inch fluted barrel provides more power and velocity

• .50 caliber

• 6.65-pound overall weight

• Triggerguard actuated breech system

• Ambidextrous Thumbhole stock with CrushZone Recoil Pad

• Quick Release Breech Plug

• DuraSight DEAD-ON one-piece scope mount or fiber-optic sights

• Black nitride steel or stainless steel options, and Realtree Xtra Green camo

Davide Pedersoli 1854 Lorenz Infantry Rifle Type II

• Accurate reproduction of the widely used Austrian muzzleloading rifle, that was also one of the most utilized rifles during the American Civil War by both Union and Confederate forces.

• .547-inch long ball/bullet size

• 37-inch barrel

• 9-pound overall weight


Hodgdon Triple Seven FireStar 

• Designed for .50-caliber inline muzzleloaders using a 209 primer.

• Revolutionary geometric star design delivers:

  • Cleaner Burning – More shots between cleaning
  • Higher Velocity – Gain up to 50 fps
  • More Efficient – Longitudinal grooves provide more surface area for ignition

• Available in a 60-pellet hang-or-stand clam pack.


Traditions Performance Firearms Smackdown Bullets

• Bone-crushing performance on big-game animals

• Polycarbonate tip maximizes expansion

• Ridgeback Sabot features horizontal ribbing and deep cup for improved gas seal, easy loading and improved accuracy

• Available in .45 and .50 calibers

• 250-, 275- and 305-grain bullet weight options