I know exactly what you are thinking. How can there be such a thing as a breech-loading muzzleloader? Here let me explain.
Traditions Firearms, Federal Ammunition, and Hodgdon Powder have combined forces to create the Nitro Fire. It is a muzzleloader that continues to load the bullet from the muzzle, but the charge is loaded from the breech.
The new innovation known as the FireStick was unveiled at SHOT Show this past week. According to Deer and Deer Hunting, Federal Premium FireStick is a part of a whole new muzzleloader system that uses a primer inserted into an encapsulated powder charge. In other words, it’s a premeasured self-contained powder charge. It basically reminds me of a shotgun shell without the projectile.
Deer and Deer Hunting produced an excellent video breaking down how it works.
This is all well and good, but before you go out and buy one I would check with your state wildlife agency over the legality of using it for deer hunting.
For instance, Ohio defines a muzzleloader as such.
MUZZLELOADING RIFLE AND MUZZLELOADING SHOTGUN means a primitive weapon that is loaded exclusively from the muzzle and has a permanent breech plug. When the plug is removed the gun is rendered inoperable, or incapable of firing modern-day ammunition.2019-2020 Ohio Hunting and Trapping Regulations
The part which states “loaded exclusively from the muzzle” may prove problematic and make the Nitro Fire illegal for use during muzzleloader season at least in Ohio.
Federal addressed this issue as follows
“Research conducted by Federal Ammunition shows that many states define a muzzleloader by the requirement of loading the projectile down the muzzle manually. By this definition, many states will allow the FireStick to be legal for hunting big game during their muzzleloader seasons. However, please check your states regulations and contact them with any questions. We are actively engaging with state game and fish departments to educate them on this new and innovative product.”Deer and Deer Hunting