Michael Waddell’s Muzzleloader Hunting Setup

Muzzleloader Hunting Setup

With firearms season underway in many states and right around the corner for the majority of the Midwest, we thought it would be appropriate to run through a quick muzzleloader hunting setup. Michael Waddell runs through his own personal muzzleloader hunting setup in the video below!

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The Muzzleloader 

Michael’s Muzzleloader is the Thompson Center® Triumph® Bone Collector®. This muzzleloader is one of the very first Bone Collector® branded items. The Triumph® Bone Collector® meets and exceeds the standards of the most discerning black powder hunters. The muzzleloader features:

  • Speed Breech XT®
  • Fluted Weather Shield Barrell
  • Realtree® Camo
  • FlexTech®  Recoil Reduction system

The Scope

Michael has the Bushnell® 3-9x 40 mm Bone Collector Trophy XLT scope installed on his muzzleloader. His scope features the “Dead On Arrival” (DOA) feature, including reticles that help make zeroing the scope fast, easy, and simple. The scope’s features are below:


  • Available with DOA 600 (733960XC) or Multi-X (733960BC) reticles
  • Fully multi-coated optics
  • 91% light transmission
  • 100% waterproof, fog proof and shockproof
  • Dry nitrogen filled
  • Fast-focus eyepiece
  • One-piece tube w/integrated saddle
  • ¼ MOA fingertip windage and elevation adjustments
  • Butler Creek® flip-open scope covers

 The Load

Michael shoots 110 grains of loose black powder and a Hornady® 250 grain SST®-ML™ Speed Sabot. The “easy load” bullets effectively engage with the rifling and stay properly sealed during firing. This coupled with the centering of the sabots create maximum velocity and unparalleled long range performance.


Hornady® SST®-ML™
Caliber 50 Cal. .452”
Sectional Density .175
Ballistic Coefficient .210 (G1)
Weight 250 GR


Reply below with any questions or comments! Make sure you also check out Michael Waddell’s bow hunting setup below!



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