Two years of development and testing are over.
The patent has been approved.
The future of muzzleloading has arrived.
"Vari the flame to tune your gun. More accurate, cleaner, less expensive. Win, win win."

Introducing the VariFlame tm PRIMER ADAPTER (Patent Allowed)
The primer adapter in the front row, right side has been loaded and shot 50 times.

Machined from solid brass, the VariFlame tm PRIMER ADAPTER converts 209 style muzzleloaders to use the much more accurate, much cleaner, less expensive Small Rifle primer. Nothing extra to buy. The kit pictured above includes the tools required for decapping and priming of the
. Full instructions included with each kit
plus customer support on our toll free phone number.
Cecil's '04 Caribou
Kit includes decapping / priming rod with handle and base
plus instructions and 10 -

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 shotshells. The hole through the shotshell hull is almost .250" in size. The hole through the 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 bullet; same charge with a 209 primer on the right.

More fine tuning options:
Small 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. To this point, we have seen the best success with CCI 400 but that could change with the next load.

Reduce the cost of shooting:
Small 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!
Howerver 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.

Click here to view a full, independent test report by Toby Bridges of HIGH PERFORMANCE MUZZLELOADING on the VariFlame Kit and concept.

Kit includes decapping / priming rod with handle and base
plus instructions and 10 -

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First Posted 4/20/2005 Last Updated3/07/2008

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