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Muzzleloading firearms have evolved over many years. In the 19th century, the survival of settlers depended on their expertise with muzzleloaders.

Hunter aiming a muzzleloader

Technological advances eventually made these firearms obsolete. Early in the 20th century, an interest in antique firearms expanded from a curiosity into numerous specialized sports, including muzzleloader shooting.

Recently, in-line muzzleloaders have gained in popularity and use. While the basics of loading and firing a muzzleloader remain unchanged, these improvements in modern muzzleloaders can make for a more satisfying shooting experience:

  • Convenient loading components, such as black powder substitute pellets
  • More modern look and feel
  • Removable breech plug that simplifies cleaning
  • Modern sights
  • Mechanical safeties

Today, muzzleloading firearm enthusiasts include antique collectors, historical re-enactors—and hunters just like yourself.