Muzzleloader rifle kits are a great introduction to the joy gained from building your own black powder weapons. First, a word of caution, it makes little sense to rush out and buy a relatively inexpensive starter kit if you are serious about becoming a black powder enthusiast because you will end up spending another 200 to 400 dollars on accessories before the weapons is ready for practical use. Now, with that said, the kit you should purchase will be determined by how you intend to use the rifle. Advanced inline muzzleloader rifle kits come in several styles. Which kit you should purchase depends on how you intend to use the weapon.
The classic deer stand rifle is a heavier weapon, with a weight of 7 to 8 pounds and with accuracy up to 200 yards and designed to fire magnum loads. This muzzleloader rifle kit comes with a 26 to 28 inch barrel and a solid one-piece stock with a comb height that permits scope mounting. These backorder rifles also incorporate an ignition system that is shielded from snow, ice, and rain. A high quality deer stand rifle also has an easily adjustable trigger pull so a shooter can dial in the trigger pull that is most comfortable for his or her shooting style.
If you intend to hunt big game in rough, mountainous country, them the rough country rifle is the black powder rifle for you. The rough country rifle is a light rifle with all the other performance characteristics of the classic deer stand rifle. A rough country rifle has a typical weight of 6.5 pounds. Add a lightweight scope and the weapon weighs in at a hair over seven pounds, which is a lot easier to carry than a 9-pound hunk of shooting iron. Muzzleloader rifle kits offer a choice of rough country rifle kits to meet everyone’s pocketbook.
For those of you who hunt no matter how extreme the weather condition, the extreme weather muzzleloader is the right rifle for you. The bad news is that these are custom designed rifles and not readily available in kit form. There are a few models available as a Scout Concept rifle, which have heavy-duty weatherization, and over size open iron sights. For the most part, scopes are useless under the conditions where these rifles are used so they do not even make a scope mount for the extreme weather muzzleloaders.
The general-purpose rifle combines all the best qualities of the deer stand rifle, the rough country rifle, and the extreme weather rifle and is a good compromise for those exploring muzzleloader rifle kits for the first time. They have the range and accuracy of the classic deer stand muzzleloader, the lightweight and balance of a rough country muzzleloader, and the weatherization of an extreme weather muzzleloader. All in the general-purpose muzzleloader is a good choice for the first time builder and for the new black powder hunter.