Here are a few of the best available muzzleloading firearms currently for when you need to take a long shot.
The capabilities of the best long-range black-powder rifles can't compete with those of most centerfire rifles. Nevertheless, the muzzleloaders on this list are capable of excellent accuracy at much longer ranges than run-of-the-mill muzzleloaders.
The definition of "long range" varies from person to person, and long-range hunting is a somewhat controversial and contentious subject. I won't get into the details of that debate in this article, though.
However, recent advances in bullets, propellent, scopes, and gun-making technology have resulted in the development of several different models of muzzleloaders that are much more capable than their predecessors from just a few years ago. Gone are the days where muzzleloader hunters are limited to 50-75-yard shots.
So, if you're looking for a long-range firearm that'll give you a little more reach during muzzleloader hunting season, continue reading to see our choices for the best options out there.
CVA Accura V2 Long Range
The Accura V2 is CVA's top-of-the-line muzzleloader (above the CVA Wolf and CVA Optima). It sports a 30-inch Bergara barrel, a corrosion-resistant nitride finish, a thumbhole stock, an adjustable trigger, and a single-piece scope mount. The Accura has a great reputation among hunters for reliability, ease of use and exceptional accuracy.
In fact, CVA is so confident in the capabilities of the Accura V2 Long Range, they offer a full money-back guarantee if it's not the most accurate muzzleloader you've ever shot. Add it all up, and you have a really solid, long-range muzzleloader at a very reasonable price.
Traditions Vortek Strikerfire LDR
The "LDR" in the name stands for "long-distance rifle," and that's exactly what the Traditions Vortek Strikerfire muzzleloader is. Just as the name suggests, the Vortek Strikerfire LDR uses an internal striker instead of an external hammer to strike the primer. This results in a faster lock time (the amount of time between sear release and the firing pin striking the primer), and allows for the muzzleloader scope to be mounted closer to the bore.
Combine these features with a highly regarded match-grade trigger and a high-quality, 30-inch barrel, and you have a great long-range muzzleloader that's easy to shoot.
Remington 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader
Remington took a giant leap in front of the competition when they designed the Model 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader. Built on a standard Model 700 action, it uses a primed centerfire magnum rifle casing instead of a 209 primer or musket cap. Since it produces such a hot spark, the muzzleloader can safely fire loads containing up to 200 grains of powder (50 grains more than most other muzzleloaders).
For this reason, the Remington Model 700 Ultimate Muzzleloader is capable of firing higher-velocity and flatter-shooting loads than virtually any other muzzleloader. It is undoubtedly one of the best long-range muzzleloaders in production anywhere in the world and is about as far from a traditional muzzleloader as you'll get.
The CVA Paramount is a .45 caliber bolt action muzzleloader designed to use the new 280 grain PowerBelt Paramount ELR bullet. Capable of using a 140 grain charge of Blackhorn 209, the Paramount uses a 26" free floated stainless steel Bergara barrel with a 1:22" twist rate specifically built for optimum performance with the extremely aerodynamic PowerBelt ELR bullet.
Instead of a 209 primer, the Paramount uses a special Variflame ignition system designed for use with large rifle primers. This does require some special muzzleloader supplies unique to the Paramount, but the muzzleloader delivers a very flat trajectory (for a muzzleloader), incredible accuracy, and plenty of energy remaining at ranges in excess of 300 yards. Not surprisingly, the CVA Paramount quickly became a favorite among muzzleloader hunters after CVA introduced it to the world at the 2019 SHOT Show.
Gunwerks makes top-of-the-line precision shooting systems and has developed a well-deserved reputation for producing some of the best long-range rifles in the business. They designed the Gunwerks Muzzleloader using the same principles, so it may be the best long-range muzzleloader on the market.
The Gunwerks Muzzleloader doesn't come cheap, though. Then again, no other muzzleloader can really offer a realistic shot a 1 MOA accuracy out to 500 yards, either. If you managed to land a really tough-to-draw muzzleloader tag and you want the best long-range muzzleloader money can buy, this muzzleloader may be the right choice for you. If you sight it in properly and spend plenty of time at the range with it prior to your hunt, the Gunwerks Muzzleloader won't let you down at the moment of truth.