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Traditions Vortek vs. Buckstalker?

Back in March, my hunting partner called me and said "I'm putting you in for the muzzleloader draw.  You've got 5 months to buy a muzzleloader."  Not having much choice, here I am now with a deer tag for the second week of September and no gun in hand.

I've been browsing and researching guns and I like the Traditions Buckstalker.  I can get one for $199  which is my ideal price.  However, I just read an article praising the Vortek, and I see one on sale for $299.

So, is the Vortek worth the extra $100?  Why?

Thanks in advance for your advice!

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Usually the extra cost will

Usually the extra cost will come in a better finish and a little bit more fit in the barrel and action to the stock along with the name and reputation of the maker but not always.  My suggestion to you is to check them both out and see how they fit when you place them to your shoulder.  I'm not sure if Bass Pro has both of them in the store in Denver but if they do lay them down side by side and take a look at both of them and buy the one that you like the best.  It doesn't take a $1000.00 muzzle loader to kill a deer, all you need is one that shoots straight with the round that you decide to use and since you are located in Denver and you say your hunt is in September I am presuming that your hunt is here in Colorado so you will need to use either a round ball or a conical bullet.  Some rifles shoot one better than the other but if you can place your shots into a 3" circle at 100 yards then the rifle should be OK.   

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Thank you.  One thing I

Thank you.  One thing I noticed immediately is that the Buckstalker has a 24" barrel and the Vortek has a 28" barrel.  You are correct, I am hunting in Colorado, so a 200 yard shot is quite possible.  Should I opt for the longer barrel?

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I would just get the one that

I would just get the one that I liked, and remember a muzzleloader isn't a 200 yard gun.  I have been hunting with one for over 15 years and limit myself to 150 yards or less and try for less than 100 yards.  Remember you are shooting open sights scopes are illegal here in Colorado.

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Good call.  I think I will go

Good call.  I think I will go with the Buckstalker, because I like the camo/nickel finish on the one I'm looking at.  Plus I can always upgrade later.

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150 yards and under!

i agree, a muzzle loader is a 150 yard and under kind of gun. regardless of what Nikon and their BDC tells you. (but watch out if you can't use a scope there in colorado)

i was at the range all morning keeping good  1.5" groups at 100 yards... with a 3-9x40 scope, with soboted bullets and 209 primers. and i think that's about the absolute best you can expect from modern muzzle loading equipment.

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Good call on the Traditions

Good call on the Traditions Buckstalker. I own two Traditions Pursuit LT's and I love them. No problems ever!!!

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Buckstalker performed the job!

Thanks for the help.  I ended up with the Buckstalker.  Right out of the box, I took two practice shots Saturday at camp.  The third shot was on Sunday at 40 yards straight through the lung of a mule doe for a clean kill.  Very impressed with this gun!

Buckstalker with muley

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nice muley doe! i cant' get

nice muley doe! i cant' get out until tuesday (day after opener) but i intend to make something hit the ground!

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