[center]Traditions Strikerfire[/center]

[center]The Traditions Strikerfire has arrived! I had been out in the shop casting some bullets when I heard the UPS truck engine with that whistle to it, Turned off my pot and knew I had my hands full before I shut the door.[/center]

[center]As usual, I inspected the gun to make sure there was no factory errors/major flaws, none to be found. Second thing I did, Play with the new Hammerless Striker system! Very cool and very smooth operation. With any new design that you are not used to, it will take time for it to feel as natural as a regular hammer design gun. The De-cocking button is simple, just press down and it uncocks the rifle and you're back on safety. I will show this Hammerless design on Video for better exposure on how it all works.[/center]

[center]This rifle has the Double safety system where its on safety when the Striker is not cocked, and is also has the Trigger block safety.[/center]

[center]Superb finish on this rifle! As a stock dipper myself, Traditions has a beautiful pattern with the Realtree Xtra and the Hogue overmold stock. The rifle is 44" Overall Length with a Trigger Pull of 14 inches. The rear stock and forearm are both fitted with Steel Sling Studs.[/center]

[center]Traditions Strikerfire Weight[/center]
[center]This rifle fully scoped as you see in the pictures weighs in on my scale at 7lbs 4oz.[/center]

[center]Barrel[/center]
[center]28" Tapered & Fluted Chromoly barrel. This gun does NOT use the Bullet Guiding Muzzle we see of most Inline muzzleloaders today. This is normally a small 3/8" section of barrel at the muzzle that is free of rifling and allows you to place your sabot or conical bullet into the barrel before pushing it down. Supposedly it makes for easier loading, but as most of us have found out, it simply robs us of barrel length and on some other brands, causes major accuracy issues when using full bore conical bullets. Thumbs up to Traditions for giving us a fully rifled barrel! 26 3/4" of useable barrel length. Barrel is drilled and tapped for open sights.[/center]


[center]Ramrod is of solid Aluminum and is extendable for those that must swab the bore between shots. Cleaning and Loading Jag are supplied and carried on the ramrod at all times.[/center]

[center]Breech Plug[/center]
[center]The Accelerator Breech Plus is removed simply with your fingers and comes out in Three full turns. The supplied breech plug is safe for both Loose Powder and Pellet Powder. Blackhorn209 friendly![/center]

[center]Recoil Pad[/center]
[center]Not soft at all, very firm but not uncomfortable to where you will be sore after shooting 20+ shots of Blackhorn209. The recoil pad on the Strikerfire is removable by pressing in two round tabs on the sides of the stock and pulled straight back. Very handy for storing cleaning patches or what ever gear you need with your gun. I am currently building a foam compartment for mine that will hold 3 speed loaders.
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[center]When firing, Hold rifle Firmly at the forearm when shooting loads that exceed 110 grains Volume!
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[center]Trigger[/center]
[center]Traditions has hit a home run with this set up! The Strikerfire uses a TAC2 2 stage competition style trigger that is set at 2lbs. This trigger just blew me away when I first tried it! I've never felt anything like this before. There is just no hardness to it at all, you don't know when it will fire because there is not that traditional creep/grit/breaks like glass feel when pulled. This is very hard to explain how it feels! The best thing to do, get to a store and try one out! I love the trigger and look forward to trying it on the range through the winter months.[/center]

[center]Overall, I am extremely impressed with both the Quality of material used and especially that trigger! The rifle balances beautifully and is NOT barrel heavy. While having the rifle for only a few hours now, I have already sighted this bad boy in at 100 yards![/center]

[center]Scope[/center]
[center]The scope is the factory mounted 3-9x40 Traditions brand scope with the BDC cross hairs out to 200 yards. I sighted this rifle dead on using the 50 yard line, moved out to 100 yards, used the 100 cross hair and while it shot a couple inches to the right, the height was dead on! I think this will actually be a scope that hits where its actually marked inside of the scope. Clarity is great, no blur or fuzz around the edges. The cross hairs are what I'd call a Medium width.[/center]

[center]So for only an hour on the range shooting and letting the gun cool down, I feel this rifle is ready for New Mexicos September 24th muzzleloader season! [/center]

[center]More info to come as I shoot and test new loads.[/center]
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[center]Shots to the far right were my first 3, I believe I flinched on that first shot " High" 8 clicks to the left put me extremely close to where I want to be. 1 3/4" Group on my second try![/center]

[center]110 grains Blackhorn209, Harvester EZ Load sabot, 260 grain Harvester Scorpion PT Gold, CCI 209 Magnum primers.[/center]
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[center]Enjoy the pictures until I get more range time in the morning![/center]
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