Thompson Center Strike Stiker Fired Muzzleloader Review

Thompson Center Strike Stiker Fired Muzzleloader Review By Chris The Strike is Thompson/Center’s entry into the growing world of striker fired muzzleloaders.  At an MSRP of $499, it is not […]

Thompson Center Strike Stiker Fired Muzzleloader Review

By Chris

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The Strike is Thompson/Center’s entry into the growing world of striker fired muzzleloaders.  At an MSRP of $499, it is not a “cheap” muzzle loader, but is at the “budget” end of the spectrum for TC.  The TC Strike has the same Adapt™ Breech system seen two years ago in the LHR Sporting Arms Redemption muzzleloader.

Thompson Center sent us the Strike in G2 camo to review. Here is a link to the same model at Cabelas.

T/C Strike Specs and Description:thompsoncenterstrikemuzzleloader_review-36

Brand Thompson Center
Model # Tested 10292
Finish/Stock Armornite™ /G2 CAMO
Barrel Length 24” w/QLA
Caliber .50
MSRP $499

thompsoncenterstrikemuzzleloader_review-29As we have come to expect, the T/C Strike continues Thompson Center’s long tradition of quality and innovation.  The strike is notable for the following features:

  • Adapt™ Breach system
  • Armornite™ corrosion protectant metal finish (nitride coating on both the INSIDE and outside of the barrel!)
  • 24” barrel with a 1:28” rifling twist for optimal performance with sabots and performance projectiles
  • Match grade trigger
  • Adjustable sights with fiber optics included as well as a Weaver style scope mount base included
  • Of course, the T/C Strike muzzleloading rifle is made in the USA!
  • The T/C website proudly touts three stock options for the Strike:
    • Black
    • G2 Camo
    • Walnut.
      While we think all of these are attractive.  We tested the model in G2 Camo.

Major Feature: The Adapt™ Breech System

The Adapt™ Breech System centers around the primer adapter which eliminates the need for threading inside of the barrel.  This eliminates the leading cause of seized breech plugs.  This being said, it is important to note that you should remove the breech plug and lubricate it with an anti-seize substance before firing!

The Adapt™ Breech System also makes it easy to change your primer adapter to help optimize ignition performance with your propellant of choice. The T/C Strike comes with two primer adapters; one for Pellets, the other for loose powder.

Thompson Center Strike Stiker Fired Muzzleloader Review - Styrka S3 ScopeOur Test Configuration

Scope:

Styrka sent their S3 2-7X32 SH-BDC rifle scope model ST-91016 ($289.95 MSRP,  $229 via Amazon) for testing on this rifle. We opted to use the included Weaver style scope mount on the Strike’s Weaver optics rail.  This is a mid-range hunting scope from Styrka and it performed perfectly in our tests.  Look for a full Styrka S3 review in the near future!

Thompson Center Strike Stiker Fired Muzzleloader Review - PyrodexPowder:

Our test loads were 100 grains of Pyrodex pellets (50 gr each X 2 pellets).

Projectiles:

Shots were made with .50 cal balls for the rough sight in and Thompson Center’s 240 grain XTP hollow point/sabot combinations.  Accuracy with both projectile types was consistently accurate returning sub 1” groups at 50 yards (around the max range for where we will hunt with this).

Thompson Center Strike Stiker Fired Muzzleloader Review - Vero Vellini slingSling:

We equipped the T/C Strike with a very nice Vero Vellini neoprene sling in a Realtree AP print fairly similar to that of the G2 Camo on the Strike’s stock.

Our Testing Experience

The trigger was crisp with no creep, as you would expect from Thompson Center’s striker setup.  Recoil was brisk using the 100 grain load.  The maximum safe load in this rifle is 150 grains.  The full 150 grain load can be punishing during sight in and 100 grain is plenty at the tight distances we expect to encounter while hunting locally at this time of year.

The trigger guard of the Thompson Center Strike is worth mentioning.  It is elongated away from the trigger in such a manner that it should easily accommodate any reasonable hunting gloves worn by shooters with large hands.  This is a good thing when using a muzzleloader where you want your shot to count and follow up shots are basically not going to happen.

In the field with the T/C Strike

By Jeff

Muzzleloader deer season just started a few days ago in our home state of NC. So, we haven’t had much time to get the Strike out on hunts. However, in two trips I’ve learned a few things about the Thompson-Center Strike BP rifle:

  • Thompson Center Strike Stiker Fired Muzzleloader Review - in deer standThe optics mount on the T-C Strike is a bit further forward than my prior “go-to” inline black powder rifle, the CVA Optima V2 (full review). I REALLY like that the Strike puts the optic further forward since the length of pull is fairly short (I am 6’4″). Mixing a short length of pull with a scope that is mounted too far back is a recipe for a bloody ring around your eye. This is why the CVA Optima V2 is no longer my “go-to” muzzle loader. I am happy to report no such issues with the TC Strike.
  • The Stealth Striker™ ambidextrous cocking system is billed as “whisper quiet”. I’m not sure how to measure that, but it is quiet enough that I have waited until a deer was within shooting range to move the cocking slide into the “ready to fire” position without the audible click spooking the deer. With the very light triggers found in muzzle loaders I really appreciate that the decocking button makes it easy to quietly decock the TC Strike with just the thumb of my trigger hand. Much easier and quieter than moving the cocking lever of the CVA Optima V2. This means that I can easily have an additional margin of safety in the stand by keeping the rifle uncocked until a target is within range and I am ready to fire, then sliding the cocking slide forward to make it ready to fire. If I don’t take the shot, then I push the decocking button and move the cocking slide aft.
  • The break action makes it easy to access the Retaining Ring (where you would normally find the “breech plug” on other inline muzzle loaders). Without the massive fouling of a standard breech plug, the retaining ring is pretty easy to unscrew. However, you may need to carry the included Multi-Tool to get the Retaining Ring started when removing. There are LOTS of threads on the Retaining Ring, so it takes time to fully remove it. Luckily, you don’t have to remove the Retaining Ring to reload for a follow-up shot. Just break the action, swap in a new 209 primer, and close the action (after loading the powder and projectile, of course).
  • Full disassembly is pretty easy since the front sling swivel screw is all that has to be removed to take break down the major rifle components.
  • The G2 Camo is a rather photo-realistic 3D(ish) surface application over a plastic stock and forend. I really like it and find the muted browns and grays fit the season and location that I hunt rather well.
  • The wrist of the stock is a bit beefy and wide. If you have small hands, then you may want to put your hands on it before you order one. I have big hands and it fit me well.
  • The only thing I miss from the CVA Optima V2 is the plastic palm saver on the end of the Ramrod. I like shooting saboted projectiles (mostly Hornady SST or XTP) that fit pretty tight and require just enough force that it is uncomfortable with the Strike’s Ramrod.
  • The Styrka S3 scope may be their bottom tier, but this little bugger has some of the clearest, brightest glass I have seen in a “budget-ish” scope.

The T/C Strike is Ambidextrous!

… Which doesn’t mean anything to me since I am a Righty. However, Josejuan, Gear Report’s resident Lefty, can use the T-C Strike with no disadvantage.

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Time will tell how the Thompson/Center Strike performs and holds up to the abuse of hunting. However, early indications are all very positive.  In my limited field time with the TC Strike I only saw one deer and it winded me before stepping into the shooting lane. So, I never got a shot. Chris’s sighting and initial accuracy testing groups were rather impressive and gave me confidence to take the rifle in the field to my really tight hunting stand (longest possible shot is about 35 yards) without further shooting. Part of that is trusting the rifle, part is trusting Chris, who has sighted rifles for me before.

Gears Rating

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It is too early to give the Strike a final score, as we need more time in the field to fully uncover any personality quirks. So far, I'll give it a solid 4 out of 5.

Brands that made this review possible:

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Since 1967, Thompson/Center Arms has been synonymous with firearms that stand up in the toughest situations and perform when it counts. With features like interchangeable barrels, 5R rifling and uncompromised quality and design, Thompson/Center is the brand that delivers value and reliability you won’t find anywhere else.

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STYRKA, a new line of optics dedicated to providing hunters with outstanding products.

Vero Vellini

Cverovellini_logorafting the world’s finest slings and straps for guns and gear. Demanding nothing but the best materials and components. Vero Vellini slings and straps are still assembled today the same way we started almost 30 years ago, with pride, attention to detail and utmost dedication to those who uses the products tirelessly in the field.

About Jeff

Jeff is the Editor in Chief of Gear Report and a National Shooting Sports Foundation Media member. He reports on the outdoor industry, reviews gear for camping, hiking, shooting, hunting, paddling, backpacking and other active pursuits.

A USAF veteran, Jeff earned a MBA in Marketing and Health Services. He specializes in consultative selling and internet marketing. As the VP of BD & Marketing, Jeff provides sales and marketing leadership to MGECOM, Inc. and helps http://MGECOM.com acquire new clients in need of solutions for online merchants in need of Affiliate Marketing program management.

Jeff founded and manages Cress Sales & Marketing LLC, offering online sales and marketing consulting and services to online merchants and service providers.