The NitroFire® Changes Muzzleloading!

Traditions™ Firearms has changed muzzleloading forever. They've partnered with Federal Premium® and Hodgdon® Powder to make muzzleloading safer, more reliable, and more consistent. The NEW NitroFire® from Traditions™ is the only muzzleloader on the market that uses the NEW Firestick™ from Federal Premium®.

 

 

The Only Muzzleloader On the Market That Uses The Firestick™

The NitroFire® is new for 2020 and is the only muzzleloader on the market that uses the revolutionary new Federal Premium® Firestick™ system.

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Firestick™ Technology

As long as there have been muzzleloading firearms, their shooters have been burdened by reliability, consistency and safety concerns. It ends now. Federal Premium® FireStick™ is the critical component of a whole new ignition system that uses an encapsulated propellant charge that loads from the breech, with the bullet loaded from the muzzle. The charge is completely impervious to moisture and loaded with clean-burning Hodgdon® Triple Eight powder to the same tight tolerances as Federal Premium factory ammunition, ensuring shot-to-shot consistency and accuracy muzzleloaders have never experienced. FireStick unloads quickly, simply and safely by slipping out of the action—there’s no need to fire the rifle. The Firestick™ is compatible with the only the NitroFire® rifle from Traditions™.

 

Features & Benefits

•            Polymer charge filled with clean-burning Hodgdon® Triple Eight powder

•            Charges from the breech of Traditions NitroFire® rifle

•            Bullet loads from the muzzle

•            Totally impervious to moisture and the elements

•            Same tight tolerances and quality controls as loaded ammunition

•            Fast, effortless loading and unloading

•            Shooter inserts 209 shotgun primer (not included)

Courtesy of Federal Premium®

To learn more about the Firestick™ visit: https://www.federalpremium.com/firestick.html

Loading Is Easy As 1-2-3!

Loading the NitroFire® is as easy as 1-2-3! Always check to make sure your safety is on and your muzzleloader is pointed in a safe direction. Here are the steps to load the NitroFire®:

Load The Projectile

1. Load your projectile, such as a Smackdown® Carnivore™ bullet, through the muzzle with your ramrod. Push it down the barrel and seat it on the shelf within the barrel. You’ll feel the bullet stop with resistance. This provides a consistent starting point every time.

Insert The Firestick™

2. Break open the action on the NitroFire® with the release button located near the trigger guard and insert the Federal Premium® Firestick™ into the breech area.

Insert The 209 Primer

3. Place a 209 primer into the primer pocket of the Federal Premium® Firestick™. Close up the NitroFire® and your muzzleloader is fully loaded.

Can the NitroFire® & FireStick system be used during my state’s muzzleloader season?

We’re working hard to help gain acceptance for NitroFire® use during dedicated muzzleloading seasons in more states across the country. This map shows where we currently understand the NitroFire to be legal for muzzleloading season use—it will be updated real-time as we gain more states. This graphic should be used for general guidance only. Always check local regulations and contact your game and fish department to confirm for your area. COVID-19 has caused delays in regulation changes as states respond to the pandemic and the resulting increase in hunting and fishing participation.

 

Map Key:
Green: NitroFire® & FireStick is legal for dedicated muzzleloading season use to our understanding.


Yellow: This state is reviewing its regulations to create clarification around NitroFire® & FireStick use for hunting since it’s a new innovation in muzzleloading. At the time of publication, no update was available. Please contact your state for clarification.


White: Please contact your state for clarification around NitroFire®/FireStick use for general season and muzzleloader season hunting.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

What are the features of the NitroFire®?

The NitroFire® is a .50 caliber muzzleloader with a 26” Ultralight Chromoly steel tapered and fluted barrel.  Premium-grade Chromoly steel allows the NitroFire® to be lightweight and not muzzle-heavy yet remain strong and accurate. The NitroFire® also features a Dual Safety System, 1:28” twist, Quick-T™ Ramrod Handle, and is the only muzzleloader on the market that uses the Firestick™ system by Federal Premium®.


Does the NitroFire® Muzzleloader have a new trigger?

The NitroFire® is equipped with Traditions™ new Elite XT™ Hammer & Trigger system. The Elite XT™ system has a precise and accurate trigger pull. The system is designed with a rebounding hammer and a manual cross block trigger safety. The Elite XT™ system allows the action to be broken open in the At Rest position with the cross block safety engaged which allows you to load or unload your muzzleloader and view the chamber. 


What type of safety features are available on the NitroFire® Muzzleloader?

The NitroFire® is one of the safest muzzleloaders on the market since several safety features have been built into this muzzleloader:

  1. Cross Block Trigger Safety
  2. The Elite XT™ Trigger system provides safety features that allow you to remove the Firestick™ from your NitroFire® if you are crossing a fence, getting into a vehicle, climbing out of a treestand, and so forth.
  3. The Elite XT™ Trigger system also locks the action when the NitroFire® is fully cocked so the muzzleloader cannot be broken open.
  4. The Firestick™ system which provides several safety benefits.

What safety benefits does the Firestick™ system provide?

The Firestick™ system provides the best-in-class safety.

  1. The Firestick™ is factory-manufactured, and precision filled so you’ll get consistent loads every time.
  2. Provides safe removal of the unfired charge from the breech and can quickly be removed when necessary.
  3. The Firestick™ system eliminates the risk of accidentally overcharging your NitroFire®.
  4. Users can be assured that when they are using the Firestick™ they are using a safe, correct load for their NitroFire®.
  5. The Firestick™ is an encapsulated powder charge and is impervious to moisture allowing for consistent, reliable, accurate shots.

Can the Firestick™ be reloaded and used again?

No. For safety reasons, FireSticks are designed for one-time use and cannot be reloaded. 


What are the available powder-load options for the Firestick?

At product launch, two pre-loaded FireStick charge levels are available: 100 grains or 120 grains Hodgdon Triple Eight. FireSticks are sold in 10-count packs and carry an MSRP of $26.95 per pack. Users can expect projectile velocities equal to or better than what they are getting with equivalent loads from other types of in-line muzzleloaders. Learn more about Hodgdon’s new Triple Eight muzzleloader powder by visiting hodgdon.com.


How do I load the NitroFire® Muzzleloader?

Loading the NitroFire® is as easy as 1-2-3! Always check to make sure your safety is on and your muzzleloader is pointed in a safe direction.

1. Load your saboted projectile, such as a Smackdown® Carnivore™ bullet, through the muzzle with your ramrod. Push it down the barrel and seat it on the shelf within the barrel. You’ll feel the bullet stop with resistance. This provides a consistent starting point every time.

 

2. Break open the action on the NitroFire® with the release button located near the trigger guard and insert the Federal Premium® Firestick™ into the breech area.

 

3. Place a 209 primer into the primer pocket of the Federal Premium® Firestick™. Close up the NitroFire® and your muzzleloader is fully loaded.


What bullet does Traditions™ recommend to use in the NitroFire® muzzleloader?

Traditions™ recommends using their Smackdown® bullet series in the NitroFire® muzzleloader, in particular the Smackdown® Carnivore™, Smackdown® XR™, or Smackdown® Bleed™ models. You will get an excellent gas seal since the Smackdown® series is sized correctly for Traditions™ bore diameter. The Ridgeback™ Sabot that comes with the Carnivore™, XR™, and Bleed™ series is a 4-petal, ribbed sabot which additionally helps provide a tight gas seal. However, the NitroFire® is compatible with any brand of muzzleloader bullets. 


What primers are recommended to be used in the NitroFire®?

While any brand of muzzleloader-specific or 209 type primers could work with the FireStick system, Traditions™ recommend the Federal Premium® 209 Muzzleloading Primer.


What velocities and trajectories are typical with the NitroFire®?

 

The ballistics data above provides velocities, energy and trajectories for the bullets listed. Ballistic data provided by Federal Premium. Velocity shot with 26-inch rifled barrel. Height of bullet trajectory in inches above or below line of sight if zeroed at ⊕ yards. Sights 1.5 inches above bore line.


How do I unload a bullet from the NitroFire®?

Unloading an unused bullet from the NitroFire® is easy. Be sure the Firestick™ has been removed from your NitroFire® through the breech area. Next, take your ramrod and thread on the NitroFire® Bullet Unloading Jag accessory. Insert the ramrod jag-end first into the breech area of the NitroFire® and push the unused bullet out through the muzzle.


Is the NitroFire® Muzzleloader easier to clean?

The Federal Premium® Firestick™ is being loaded with Hodgdon® Triple 8 powder. The new Hodgdon® Triple 8 powder burns very efficiently and greatly reduces the amount of unburnt powder and residue in the NitroFire®. Due to powder being in the capsule, there is no powder touching and igniting directly inside of the barrel. The bullet seats on the shelf, not on top of powder. All this means the FireStick™ system generally reduces the traditional “powder ring” black powder shooters have come to recognize in the barrel after repeated firings. A powder ring left unclean can lead to barrel corrosion. With the FireStick, there is less or no powder ring to clean, so risk of barrel corrosion is also less.

The new Hodgdon® Triple 8 is not designed for water-based clean-up. Using a cleaning solvent provides an effective and efficient job cleaning.


Does the NitroFire® muzzleloader have interchangeable barrels? Can I buy a NitroFire® barrel for my existing muzzleloader?

No. As of launch, the NitroFire® does not have an interchangeable barrel option and barrels cannot be purchased to be put on previously existing muzzleloaders.


Does the NitroFire® require a 4473?

Yes, the NitroFire® muzzleloader currently requires a 4473 and is not considered an antique firearm. 


Where can I buy the NitroFire® Muzzleloader?

The NitroFire® can be purchased at local dealers, online retailers, or any major retailers that carry Traditions™ products. Visit www.traditionsfirearms.com for more information.


Where can I learn more about the Federal Premium® Firestick™?

For more information and videos about Federal Ammunition’s new, ground-breaking FireStick™ and all other products from Federal ammunition, visit: federalpremium.com .