Sunday, September 29, 2013

Publishing More Traditional Muzzleloader Hunting Articles

Through the remainder of 2013, and all of 2014, it is the goal of NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING to publish at least one traditionally oriented muzzleloader hunting article each and every month.  A September feature on hunting small game with small bore rifles is a good look at how the website will present the traditional side of this old shooting sport.  That article can be found found at the following link -

Another traditional muzzleloader hunting feature will also lead the menu of October articles and reports.  That article shares the challenges of shooting and hunting with flintlock smoothbore muskets and Indian Trade Guns.  It shares a deer hunt with a bit of muzzleloading history - the very first of the North Star Trade Guns  ever produced - plus takes a look at the tremendous variety of smooth-bored long arms produced through the ages...and the modern reproductions of quite a few of those models.
To read that article, go to -

Every NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING traditional muzzleloading article will be a combination of muzzleloading history and personal "hands on" experience.

The host of this website, Toby Bridges, has often been accused of being "Anti Traditional Muzzleloading", due to the great amount of coverage given to today's modern in-line rifles and top performing loads. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Bridges has written hundreds of magazine articles on traditional rifles, and has thoroughly covered those guns in 10 books he's written on muzzleloading - including the book shown at left - "Custom Muzzleloading Rifles", published by Stackpole Books in 1986...which was also the first year he shot and hunted with a Knight MK-85 in-line ignition rifle.

He is as experienced and knowledgeable about the older style front-loaded rifles as anyone in the World - and is also considered the top authority on loading...shooting...and hunting with today's modern in-line muzzleloading rifles.  He enjoys playing both sides of the muzzleloader hunting game.

Bridges himself has built several dozen traditionally styled "custom" muzzleloading rifles - including the two fine rifles shown on the cover of this book. One was a big .54 caliber Hawken rifle built to handle massive 120-grain powder charges behind a patched round ball, the other a short and slender lightweight full-stocked .45 caliber Kentucky rifle for his 9-year-old daughter.

Two articles already slated are "Loading & Shooting The Traditional Muzzle-Loaded Shotgun", which will primarily cover older style "non-choked" scatterguns, and another article that's a look at "The Old Masters", which will share the gunmakers of the past...and the early history of muzzleloading in America.

Through 2014, the website will also work in a few reviews of several traditional reproduction rifles that are currently being offered, perhaps spotlight a present day custom riflemaker or two, report on accessories for the older style muzzle-loaded guns, and we'll share some loading tips for achieving best accuracy and game taking performance. On this website, it is the ability of any muzzleloader and load to take game that is given priority.

The website started life as "High Performance Muzzleloading" back in 2003. By 2006, it became very evident that many out dated and backward hunting regulations were hampering the continued growth of muzzleloader hunting in the U.S. - so that year the name of the website was changed to NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING. Since then, the site's efforts have been very influential in getting many of those non-serving regulations changed.

It has been the modern side of the muzzleloading industry which has supported the fight to liberalize muzzleloader hunting regulations - so all can enjoy and participate in the muzzleloader hunting seasons. The fact is, close to 90-percent of all muzzleloading hunters today hunt with the modern in-line rifles and loads. That's why the coverage of muzzleloading on the website has swung so heavily in that direction. What the website hopes to accomplish through stepped up coverage of traditional muzzleloading guns and hunting with them is to share the enjoyment and challenge of that side of our sport - to encourage more of the 3- to 3 1/2-million muzzleloading hunters in this country to use traditional muzzleloading equipment for at least some of their muzzleloader hunting. - NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING 

If you manufacture or market products specifically for today's traditional muzzleloading hunter, these pages on the NORTH AMERICAN MUZZLELOADER HUNTING website are more than likely the absolute best place to advertise or promote those products. Currently, traffic on this site over the past 12 months has topped 2.7-million. This month (September 2013) alone, muzzleloading hunters  referenced the website more than 300,000 times. We are right now very much on track to top 3-million site users for all of 2013.

You cannot reach that many muzzleloading hunters anywhere else. Our sponsorships are extremely reasonable, providing links to your website and inserting your banners or logos where appropriate. Or, we can custom fit a page around your magazine style advertisements. For more details, or to inquire about getting a traditional muzzleloading product review on this website, drop us an e-mail at the following e-mail address.