Mossy Oak musket? That’s right. Traditions has crafted a modern day flintlock with 21st century touches, .50-caliber firepower and reliability.

Dawn was still more than an hour away when I rolled out of my sleeping bag and peered outside the tent into the darkness. My hunting partner, Will Edwards, and I had paddled into this remote wilderness hotspot two days ago just prior to the blackpowder season opener in upstate New York, giving us most of one day to set up a primitive camp and one full day to scout. We were both confident we would see some action, and maybe even get a shot at one of the mature bucks we figured inhabited the surrounding hills.

We doused the fire after breakfast and set off in opposite directions. I looked back at Will just in time to see him disappear into a thick shoulder-high stand of mountain laurel. Little did I know at the time, but we would both get a chance at a racked buck soon enough.

PA Pellet rifles come dressed with Premium CeraKote finish, which is 50 times more corrosion resistant than stainless steel.

I got to the top of the hill and waited for shooting light before easing my way through the blow-downs and dead snags that littered the hardwood ridge. I had found fresh beds here yesterday, and had no reason to believe the deer would not be soon working their way uphill to this point.

Hornady specially makes the Smackdown SST for Traditions, which employs a plastic sabot for increased accuracy downrange.

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