Cabela's Traditions Vortek .50-Caliber Muzzleloader Pistol

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Cabela's Traditions Vortek .50-Caliber Muzzleloader Pistol -
The proven performance of the Vortek  muzzleloader rifle packed down to pistol size. The award-winning and patent-pending Accelerator Breech Plug is as easy to unload and clean as a twist of the wrist, just three turns and it’s out. This technology virtually eliminates seized breech plugs or cumbersome removal wrenches. Select hardwood stock and forend give the shooter a comfortable sure-handed grip. The 13" ultralight tapered barrel features a corrosion-resistant Premium CeraKote finish. LPA steel sights. solid aluminum ramrod. Extended ambidextrous hammer extension. Drilled and tapped for mounting a scope. 70-grain maximum charge.
Barrel length: 13".
Overall length: 18".
Weight: 3.25 lbs.
Finish: Premium CeraKote/Select Hardwood.
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Cabela's Traditions Vortek .50-Caliber Muzzleloader Pistol Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Good pistol

I bought this pistol from Traditions a couple of years ago. Out of the box it was hitting 4" high and 6" right at 50 yards with iron sights and 50 gr Pyrodex pellets pushing 240 gr XTP sabots. Easy adjustment to get to putting every shot within 2" of center shooting two hands unsupported. I bought a TruGlo red dot on clearance about a year and a half ago for this pistol and finally got around to getting it on and sighted in last week. It took a while to get on paper, but now that it is sighted in everything is within 1.5" of center at 50 yds. I was playing around with loads and ranges, and didn't have to adjust elevation any to get 3 - 4 " groups around center at 100 yds. When I changed to loose powder it got pretty inconsistent, so I went back to the pellets. I took a couple of shots at a 125 yd. 10" steel plate and had no trouble hitting it. I decided to see how the rifling in this pistol affected round balls at different ranges, so I started shooting patched .490 cal 177 gr. round balls at 25 yds. They hit in the same neighborhood as the sabots. Moved out to 50 yds. Same results. I was going to go out to 75 yds, but decided to take a shot at the 125 yd plate. Hit. Three times in a row. Surprising considering everything that I have been told over the years about using modern projectiles in modern muzzle loaders and round balls in antiques/replicas.
BPMS at Cabelas on 12/30/2013

Good Single Shot Pistol

Good accurate pistol. The design of the breach plug makes it very easy to field clean when out target shooting. Despite how long and front heavy it looks I find it a fairly easy gun to aim and shoot. Very similar to a contender or encore. I would recommend a shoulder holster for one if you're going to carry it in the field. Mine fits fine in a an old Uncle Mikes nylon shoulder holster designed for a 14" contender. The one thing I found with mine was it seems to like sabots best. I tried shooting various .50 cal bullets with different powder charges and different powders (Pyrodex & Triple 7) but couldn't seem to find a combo that was as consistent as I liked. I've read some reviews of people using up to 70 grains of Pyrodex (rifle type loads). The loading manual for the gun says you can go that high but given the length of barrel and the fact you're dealing with a pistol that has to be excessive to say the least. I found mine shoots very well with a little less than half that in Triple 7 and a 225 grain Barnes hollow point.
CSoder at Cabelas on 10/08/2011

great stuff

very picky gun, but well worth the trouble. i shot sabots,powerbelts,and conicals trying to find a load that would fit both the pistol and my inline. FOUND IT !!! answer 300 gr fsb dead on 1/4 inch groups at 50 yards with pistol and also at 100 yards with the inline , using 50gr.pellet in pistol and 100gr. in my inline hope this info helps those lost on now looking forward to buying the trapper in flintlock
ms50 at Cabelas on 01/10/2012

Negative Reviews:


Received thee units,all with grossly misaligned sights. The third I sent directly back to Traditions for replacement. It took them almost a month to send me the replacement, and even it had misaligned sights. Not as severely crooked as the first three that I returned, but it is still obviously crooked. Shoots ok, but is very finicky about loads. Seems to favor heavy charge/bullet loads. Trigger required a lot of work to make it respectable. It is every mm a European import, and it shows.
OldeFortran at Cabelas on 10/30/2011