Traditions Mountain Rifle: A factory muzzleloader with a custom feel
By Terril James Herbert
The Mountain Rifle is handy, but still hefty enough for steady off-hand shots. (Photo: Terril James Herbert/Guns.com)
Factory-made traditional muzzleloading rifles fail to impress at times. The rifles available today are less expensive than they have ever been. Their accuracy and reliability when loaded properly should give a modern rifle shooter reason to pause. Unfortunately, these rifles tend to be very generically shaped, resulting in a poor pointing piece and premium period-correct hardware is often lacking in exchange for more cost-effective alternatives. I’m used to a good custom long gun, but every once in a while, there is an off the shelf option that makes me sit up. The Mountain Rifle—by Traditions—is one of those.
Feature-wise, the Mountain Rifle resembles many plains-style rifles that ventured into the Old West before the famous Winchester rifle could tame it. It features a walnut half-stock and a heavy 32-inch octagonal barrel with an underrib that meets the stock and serves to mate the ramrod pipes to the gun. The barrel, triggerguard, buttplate, sideplate, and nosecap are of an all-steel construction and finished with a brown cerakote. Serving in contrast is a part that you can’t do without, a brass patchbox in the buttstock. The rifle’s