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First Look: Federal FireStick Muzzleloader Ignition System

This new encapsulated powder charge from Federal Premium could change the way you muzzleload
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Federal FireStick and muzzleloader bullet for black powder hunting
The FireStick is available in 100-grain (pictured) and 120-grain charges. Natalie Krebs

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This new system from Federal Premium heralds a whole new way to charge muzzleloaders, and is potentially a game changer for your black powder season. Although this system still requires you to front-load the projectile (which is how this still qualifies as a muzzleloader in many states—check your regulations), introducing the powder is much simpler. The FireStick is an encapsulated load of Hodgdon’s new Triple Eight black powder in a waterproof plastic hull, it accepts a standard 209 primer, and is removable, meaning that you no longer have to either ram out or discharge your powder after a day of hunting. The FireStick is compatible with Traditions’ new NitroFire rifle—both were developed in conjunction with each other. It’s worth noting that this is a proprietary system, so you cannot use a FireStick in your existing muzzleloader.