The Traditions Smackdown™ Carnivore Bullets deliver bone-crushing performance. And flat shooting with precision accuracy. The Smackdown Carnivore Bullets consist of a polycarbonate tip. That maximizes expansion without sacrificing weight retention. These bullets feature the new and improved Ridgeback™ Sabot Jacket. The Ridgeback sabot engineered with horizontal ribbing and a deeper cup. Providing a better gas seal and increased accuracy. The Traditions™ Smackdown Carnivore Bullet. Designed to use on a larger game such as elk, whitetail deer, bear, and moose.
As more and more hunters have started using muzzleloaders, the major ammunition manufacturers have devoted additional time, money, and energy towards developing good-quality muzzleloader bullets. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with using a plain old round ball or an old-school conical bullet, there are plenty of other choices available for hunters who want to hunt with the absolute best muzzleloader bullets possible. Though regulations vary from place to place, no matter what or where in North America you hunt, there is likely something that will work well for you on the list below of 15 of the best muzzleloader bullets currently available on the market.
Before we begin, you should be aware that depending on the rifling twist (which can vary from model to model), the exact bore size of your muzzleloader (which can vary slightly from rifle to rifle), the amount and type of propellant, and the specific muzzleloader primer you use, you’ll likely discover your muzzleloader prefers some bullets but not others.
With all that in mind, I highly advise buying a couple of different types of muzzleloader bullets and testing them out at the range before hunting season to see how they perform in your specific muzzleloader. At least when you’re first getting started, try shooting some muzzleloader bullets made by the same company that manufactured your muzzleloader. For instance, Thompson Center bullets tend to shoot very accurately out of a Thompson Center muzzleloader. The same goes for PowerBelt bullets and CVA muzzleloaders, etc.
Before we begin, I have three disclaimers.
First: some of the links below are affiliate links. This means I will earn a small commission (at no extra cost to you) if you make a purchase. This helps support the blog and allows me to continue to create free content that’s useful to hunters like yourself. Thanks for your support.
Second, the information contained in this post is subject to change. Make sure you are familiar with the hunting regulations in your state and use these muzzleloader bullets at your own risk.