The future of muzzleloading has arrived

Large Rifle VariFlame primer adapters for use with Large Rifle and Large Pistol primers.
Select the perfect flame for your gun and load combination to get exact ignition and the ultimate in accuracy.

Large Rifle VariFlame primer adapters with T/C Encore / Omega breech plug

Large Rifle VariFlame primer adapters with Austin & Halleck firing pin and breech plug

The perfect ignition for inline muzzleloaders. By selecting Large Rifle Magnum through standard Large Pistol primers VariFlame primer adapters will work with every powder including Blackhorn 209 and all smokeless powders. The central flame created by the LRVF is the perfect ignition for all muzzleloader applications.
Our adapters have been tested to withstand pressures created with 200 grain charges of Blackhorn 209 powder and 80 grain charges of smokeless powder.
Large Pistol primers are almost an exact duplicate of small rifle primers so shooters can select those primers for use with Black Powder, Pyrodex and Triple Seven. Large Rifle and Large Rifle Magnum primers are perfect for Blackhorn 209 and all smokeless powders. Only our LRVF system gives muzzleloader hunters the perfect ignition solution for every powder.

T/C Encore and Omega style breech plugs
T/C Encore / Omega owners can order a new 416 Stainless breech plug with 10 adapters for $59.95. Note these are the T/C full thread breech plugs and not the Pro Hunter style 1/4 turn breech plugs. See Option below for those.

All others
; you can MAIL us your 209 breech plug and we will machine it and provide 10 adapters for only $40.00.
See mailing instructions below.

All breech plugs shipped by MAIL ONLY to:

Box 12 Grp 71 RR 1
Anola, MB
R0E 0A0

Cecil's '04 Caribou

What are the benefits?

Too much flame; too much fouling:
Our Encore gets so dirty from the 209 primer that after 50 shots my firing pin will not even travel far enough to ignite the primer. I need to remove the butt stock and clean the entire action with brake clean and compressed air before it will work. Too much flame trying to get through the small hole.

The 209 primer was designed for shot shells. The hole through the shot shell hull is almost .250" in size. The hole through the common muzzleloader breech plug is .030". Where do you think that extra fouling will end up?

Too much energy:
I have no idea who started the 209 craze but I believe that it provides way more energy than is required to get the job done. Try this experiment for yourself. Take your ramrod with a jag and a clean damp patch, push it all the way down the barrel of your muzzleloader. Mark the ramrod where it meets the end of the barrel with a strip of masking tape. Put a 209 into the breach plug, close the gun, cock the hammer and pull the trigger. With our Encore, the ramrod will get blown 6"- 8" up the barrel with just the force of the 209. If we do the same experiment with a small rifle primer, the ramrod moves less than 1".

Replacing the 209 with a Small Rifle primer all but eliminates those unexplained flyers from our Encore groups. Personally, I believe these flyers were the result of the 209 actually lifting the sabot off the powder charge simultaneous with igniting the powder. The much milder Small Rifle primer ignites the powder just as instantly but lacks the energy to move the sabot and bullet off the powder charge therefore eliminating the flyers.

Target - VariFlame vs 209

T/C .50 Pro Hunter barrel
VariFlame Primer adapter with a CCI 400 primer on the left. (same as Large Pistol)
Same bullet; same charge with a 209 primer on the right.

More fine tuning options:
Rifle primers come in a variety of ranges and qualities. One can experiment with Standard, Magnum and Bench Rest to add one more variable to the mix.

Reduce the cost of shooting:
Rifle primers cost up to 40% less than 209 primers. With that saving, the initial expense of the VariFlame tm PRIMER ADAPTER will be recovered in a very short time.

Customer testimonials:
Thanks again! Your products continue to be on the cutting edge of muzzleloader technology. The new "VariFlame Primer Adapter" works like a charm. They are very easy to reload and in combination with the "Extreme Elite" 40 caliber 240 grain bullets, I shot the best group ever in my 45 caliber G2.
Cecil, your product line is very simply the best.
Dr. Ed Brown

Shot all day Thursday...Friday...Saturday...and Sunday, doing some ballistic work for Pedersoli. Several loads that were kind of "wild", or had unexplainable flyers, settled right down when I used the "VariFlame".

The "VariFlame" really made a difference. Several of the adapters have now been reused 50 to 60 times...and still hold a primer securely.

Toby Bridges


I've ordered your 25 ACP breech plug for my T/C Encore muzzleloader last year and the VariFlame adapter this year. What great products!
However this year I find myself using the VariFlame more often. I'm getting great groups compared to the 209 primer days. Keep up the good work.

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First Posted 4/20/2005 Last Updated 2/07/2017

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