Icon Logo Gun Mart

Ardesa Pursuit G4

Ardesa Pursuit G4

In-line muzzle-loaders have been around for some time, with the Spanish company of Ardesa being one of the main players in the field. Love them or hate them, muzzle loading firearms can provide some of the most challenging and rewarding shooting you will experience.

Compared to centrefire rifles, the amount of loading data available is sparse to say the least, usually comprising of a ‘recommended’ powder charge for each calibre with a typical projectile. The process of blending a particular make of powder, in the correct weight, with the most suitable projectile, and matching the combination with your particular gun, is one which requires time, patience and not a little skill. But once you hit that magic permutation the results will be well worth the effort.

The use of muzzle-loading firearms is limited in this country to target shooting, the governing body for those of a competitive nature being the Muzzle Loaders Association of Great Britain (MLAGB). Check out their website at www.mlagb.com for details. On the other side of the Atlantic, these guns can be used for hunting and the Pursuit rifle is aimed squarely at those hunters who like the challenge of black powder but who prefer modern design and materials and its light weight and weather-resistant construction make it ideal for a day in the field. Of course, many shooters like the idea of a muzzle-loader just for a bit of fun and here again the Ardesa proves to be an excellent choice. If you are a bit of a history buff, then you will doubtless choose something with a lot of walnut and blued steel for your front-stuffing fun gun, but the simplicity of construction and ease of maintenance makes this rifle a great choice for the casual black powder rifle shooter.

Big pussy cat

The mention of a ‘.50-calibre’ rifle may deter those whose first thoughts conjure up the modern Barrett rifles or those massive Sharps buffalo rifles of the 19th Century, with their inherent weight and punishing recoil. These rifles are meant for extreme range accuracy or knockdown power, whereas the Pursuit is a relatively short-range piece, designed to take medium game out to 200-yards or so. With the correct projectiles, lead bullets in a plastic sabot, American hunters will find the rifle a very capable performer at these ranges. I have not been able to source these sabots on sale in this country (the only retailer I found is ‘out of stock’) so the UK shooter is left to choose between the very limited number of lead balls and bullets that are on sale or, for those who wish to delve a little deeper into the dark side, casting their own. Going down this route will obviously involve more time, effort and expense, but is probably the only way to wring the very best out of this type of rifle without the sabots. You could of course opt to import the bullets and sabots from the USA. Whatever you choose to load, you will not find the Ardesa severe on your shoulder; it really is the proverbial pussy cat to shoot.

Simple but efficient

Operating much in the manner of a single barrel shotgun, the design of this rifle could not be much simpler. Whereas the shotgun will generally have the opening lever on the top tang, the Ardesa uses a button set into the front of the trigger guard. Opening the gun presents you with the ‘Accelerator’ breech plug, which is screwed into the barrel. This plug should be easily removed with finger pressure but a tool is supplied if it does get stubborn. Removal of the plug makes barrel cleaning the simplest of chores. It also has the benefit of allowing you to remove a ball or bullet easily on those very rare occasions when you forget to put the powder in! Instead of the usual percussion nipple, the plug has a central hole to take the standard 209 shotgun primers, and those who have struggled on cold days with normal percussion caps will appreciate the ease of use with these larger primers.

story continues below...

The black composite stock and forend are nicely finished and proportioned, the stock having a slightly raised comb and chequering on the pistol grip. The stock is hollow (possible storage?), making it very light, and is topped off with a reasonably soft rubber buttpad, which goes a long way to taming the recoil. The forend, also chequered, is wider at the bottom than the top, affording a very comfortable hold. Sling swivel studs are fitted for those who may need them.

Special finish

The lightweight alloy receiver and Chromalloy steel barrel have a CeraKote finish that the catalogue describes as “…fifty times more corrosion resistant than stainless steel…”. The barrel, 26-inches long and with a 1 in 28-inch twist rifling, is tapered and is lightly fluted forward of the forend. The rifling ends around 8mm from the muzzle. A previous version of this model that I reviewed had a ported barrel, but this has disappeared from the current offering. The Pursuit G4 comes equipped with an excellent set of metal Williams sights with fibre optic inserts, two green dots on the rear and a red one at the front. The rear sight is adjustable for windage and elevation with graduation marks on the sight wing. The barrel is also drilled and tapped for the fitting of a scope. There is a cross bolt safety behind the trigger guard.

The rifle comes equipped with a solid aluminium ramrod with a nifty t-piece handle attachment which can be used as a bullet starter. For storage or transit, this handle can be kept on the ramrod, while it is slung under the barrel, or you could keep all of these bits in the hollow butt stock. Also supplied, is the above-mentioned breech plug removal tool, an Allen key for removal of the fore end, a hammer extension for scope use, a brass jag and a good little instruction book. For good measure, a certificate from the Spanish proof house is also in the box. The package comes in a box marked up with the ‘Traditions’ name and logo, the brand under which these guns are sold in the USA.

On the range

I have a stock of various sized round lead balls on hand and for this test I chose a .490-inch manufactured by the Buffalo Bullet Company, weighing 179-grains and enclosed in a lubricated patch. I used CCI primers for ignition. Shooting at 50-yards, I started with a load of 65-grains of Henry Krank medium black powder. Recoil was minimal and three shot groups, with a wipe through after each string, averaged around five- to six -inches, with a best of just over four and a half and a worst of over eight inches. Upping the charge to 85-grains showed a very small increase in felt recoil but no noticeable difference in accuracy.

A second trip to the range allowed some shooting at 100-yards, albeit with a gusty cross wind. Using the 85-grain charge it was all I could do to keep the shots on an A4 piece of paper, not really spectacular for a gun meant for hunting. The wind obviously played a part but I feel there is a lot more to come from this rifle. On a calmer day a bit of experimenting with loads will bring out the sweet spot for this patched ball, but I think that some plastic sabots with a lead bullet should really show what the gun is capable of. I will attempt to get hold of some sabots and re-visit this rifle at a future date. If I can get it fitted with a scope that might also make a difference.

Keep it clean

Cleaning these in-line rifles could not be simpler. Even after extended shooting there was minimal fouling around the breech plug threads and it came out quite easily without using the tool. A couple of solvent soaked patches, followed by a dry one, were pulled through the barrel before leaving the range. I prefer to remove the barrel for cleaning, so back home that was the first job. Using a plastic funnel and kettle I poured a couple of pints of boiling water down the barrel and it came up like new. A solvent soaked patch followed by two dry ones completed the job. A cotton bud got what little dirt was in the breech plug threads at the breech and the plug itself was cleaned with an old tooth brush. One drop of oil on the threads and the gun was re-assembled. Outside was wiped with a baby wipe and a dry cloth. Total time less than 20-minutes.


I’ve tried a couple of these rifles now and enjoyed the experience each time. The simplicity of the action and low maintenance, combined with relatively low running costs, make these great rifles for someone looking to take their first step into muzzle loading rifle shooting. With everything ‘down the centre’ so to speak, this is a true ambidextrous rifle. The Ardesa catalogue shows these rifles in a camouflage finish but I’m not sure that Henry Krank import this variation. Check out their website to see what other models they have in stock.

  • Ardesa Pursuit G4 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Ardesa Pursuit G4 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Ardesa Pursuit G4 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Ardesa Pursuit G4 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Ardesa Pursuit G4 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Ardesa Pursuit G4 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Ardesa Pursuit G4 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge

  • Ardesa Pursuit G4 - image {image:count}

    click on image to enlarge


  • Make: Ardesa
  • Model: Pursuit G4
  • Type: Muzzle loading single shot rifle
  • Calibre: .50-inches
  • Length: 42-inches
  • Weight: 5¾lbs
  • Barrel: 26-inches
  • Price: £414.00
  • Contact: Henry Krank Ltd. www.henrykrank.com


  • <a >what is tamoxifen side effects</a>

    Default profile image
    14 Sep 2022 at 08:29 AM
  • buy metoprolol 100mg sale <a href="https://vardenln.com/">order vardenafil generic</a> levitra 20mg us

    Default profile image
    12 Sep 2022 at 10:22 AM
  • zithromax cheap <a href="https://xpgabapentin.com/">gabapentin 100mg ca</a> prednisolone 40mg pill

    Default profile image
    10 Sep 2022 at 01:26 AM
  • See how much you know about the many ways we can describe the opposite of blue <a >buy cialis online uk</a>

    Default profile image
    08 Sep 2022 at 02:35 PM
  • order acetazolamide 250 mg without prescription <a href="https://viasdf.com/">us viagra</a> buy montelukast 5mg generic

    Default profile image
    07 Sep 2022 at 08:26 AM
  • If you need a prescription, we will connect you to a telehealth physician licensed in your state for a free, confidential consultation and guidance in choosing the best ED medication for you <a >priligy 60 mg</a>

    Default profile image
    04 Sep 2022 at 07:41 AM
  • imuran tablet <a href="https://viaformen.com/">viagra brand</a> telmisartan price

    Default profile image
    03 Sep 2022 at 07:55 PM
  • buy sildenafil 50mg for sale <a href="https://edsildnf.com/">rx pharmacy online viagra</a> tadalafil 40mg over the counter

    Default profile image
    30 Aug 2022 at 02:54 PM
  • order xenical 60mg pill <a href="https://xorlistat.com/">xenical 120mg canada</a> purchase lioresal pill

    Default profile image
    28 Aug 2022 at 05:09 AM
  • tadalis for sale <a href="https://avanafills.com/">oral avanafil</a> diclofenac 50mg generic

    Default profile image
    17 Aug 2022 at 03:45 PM
  • buy ivermectin canada <a href="https://stromectoplls.com/">stromectol pills</a> tretinoin price

    Default profile image
    16 Aug 2022 at 05:04 AM
  • viagra pills 200mg <a href="https://rtsildenafil.com/">us viagra</a> us cialis sales

    Default profile image
    14 Aug 2022 at 10:40 PM
  • buy cialis generic <a href="https://tadalaedpill.com/">tadalafil online order</a> order viagra 150mg pills

    Default profile image
    08 Aug 2022 at 07:45 AM
  • order fluconazole for sale <a href="https://ampicillinsx.com/">acillin over the counter</a> viagra 100mg brand

    Default profile image
    07 Aug 2022 at 01:19 AM
  • buy zofran 4mg for sale order generic finasteride 1mg

    Default profile image
    05 Aug 2022 at 05:58 AM
  • order zantac 300mg <a href="https://tamsulosinl.com/">order tamsulosin generic</a> order tamsulosin 0.4mg for sale

    Default profile image
    03 Aug 2022 at 11:21 PM
  • real cialis sites <a href="https://dutasteridel.com/">buy avodart 0.5mg generic</a> dutasteride generic

    Default profile image
    02 Aug 2022 at 04:53 PM
  • buy nexium 20mg sale <a href="https://esomeprazolep.com/">nexium 40mg cheap</a> tadalafil 5mg ca

    Default profile image
    01 Aug 2022 at 09:48 AM
  • sildenafil 200mg price <a href="https://sildalispl.com/">sildenafil 20mg</a> cozaar 50mg generic

    Default profile image
    31 Jul 2022 at 02:29 AM
  • isotretinoin 40mg drug <a href="https://amoxicipls.com/">amoxicillin 1000mg without prescription</a> buy aurogra 100mg for sale

    Default profile image
    29 Jul 2022 at 03:09 PM
  • sildenafil 100 mg <a href="https://edspill.com/">buy ed pills</a> prednisone 5mg cheap

    Default profile image
    28 Jul 2022 at 07:41 AM
  • methotrexate pills <a href="https://metoclopramy.com/">generic metoclopramide</a> reglan 10mg canada

    Default profile image
    26 Jul 2022 at 11:55 PM
  • buy sildenafil 150mg without prescription <a href="https://edtadalp.com/">buy cialis 20mg without prescription</a> cialis 5mg drug

    Default profile image
    22 Jul 2022 at 02:32 AM
  • purchase priligy generic <a href="https://allopurinolns.com/">zyloprim usa</a> buy zyloprim 100mg pill

    Default profile image
    20 Jul 2022 at 09:25 PM
  • order baricitinib 2mg - <a href="https://lisinoprilf.com/">lisinopril 5mg over the counter</a> lisinopril 10mg usa

    Default profile image
    18 Jul 2022 at 12:47 PM
  • buy hydroxychloroquine generic - <a href="https://tadalaficial.com/">purchase tadalafil pills</a> cenforce cheap

    Default profile image
    17 Jul 2022 at 12:38 AM
  • order neurontin 100mg without prescription - <a href="https://gdoxycycline.com/">doxycycline 200mg pills</a> purchase ivermectin

    Default profile image
    14 Jul 2022 at 11:12 AM
  • buy prednisone 40mg generic - <a href="https://dprednisolone.com/">prednisolone 20mg sale</a> buy prednisolone generic

    Default profile image
    12 Jul 2022 at 08:31 PM
  • ed pills gnc - <a href="https://edpillsfsale.com/">gnc ed pills</a> viagra 200mg generika

    Default profile image
    11 Jul 2022 at 09:45 AM
  • buy metronidazole 200mg pill - <a href="https://metronidazoled.com/">buy flagyl 400mg online cheap</a> buy cephalexin 250mg generic

    Default profile image
    08 Jul 2022 at 08:58 PM
  • propecia 5mg brand - <a href="https://ciprofloxacind.com/">cipro 500mg for sale</a> order ciprofloxacin 1000mg pill

    Default profile image
    07 Jul 2022 at 12:42 PM
  • buy ondansetron 8mg generic - <a href="https://simvastatinr.com/">simvastatin 10mg canada</a> valacyclovir 500mg ca

    Default profile image
    04 Jul 2022 at 09:03 PM
  • cialis prices - <a href="https://tadalafilpr.com/">cheap cialis without prescription</a> tamsulosin 0.4mg over the counter

    Default profile image
    02 Jul 2022 at 05:26 AM
  • levofloxacin 250mg usa - <a href="https://viagplls.com/">sildenafil drug</a> prices of cialis

    Default profile image
    30 Jun 2022 at 02:18 PM
  • order cozaar 50mg pill - <a href="https://promethazinen.com/">purchase phenergan sale</a> purchase phenergan online cheap

    Default profile image
    28 Jun 2022 at 09:55 AM
  • buy clopidogrel sale - <a href="https://tmethotrexate.com/">order methotrexate 5mg online cheap</a> buy reglan 20mg generic

    Default profile image
    26 Jun 2022 at 04:47 PM
  • flexeril canada - <a href="https://rketorolac.com/">purchase toradol generic</a> oral propranolol

    Default profile image
    24 Jun 2022 at 11:35 PM
  • isotretinoin for sale - <a href="https://rtetracycline.com/">buy tetracycline 500mg generic</a> purchase tetracycline sale

    Default profile image
    23 Jun 2022 at 05:26 AM
  • buy provigil 100mg - <a href="https://rerectpill.com/">ed remedies</a> buy rhinocort generic

    Default profile image
    21 Jun 2022 at 02:27 PM
  • sildenafil next day delivery - <a href="https://rtadalafil.store/">order cialis 20mg for sale</a> cialis 40mg tablet

    Default profile image
    20 Jun 2022 at 03:22 AM
  • prednisone 5mg without prescription - <a href="https://amoxicilli.store/">order amoxil 500mg sale</a> order amoxil pills

    Default profile image
    15 Jun 2022 at 02:20 PM
  • cost cialis - <a href="https://edtadxs.com/">tadalafil over the counter</a> order sildenafil 100mg for sale

    Default profile image
    13 Jun 2022 at 04:43 PM
  • order synthroid online cheap - <a href="https://chloroquinedi.com/">cost hydroxychloroquine 400mg</a> hydroxychloroquine online order

    Default profile image
    12 Jun 2022 at 04:56 AM
  • ventolin 4mg cheap - <a href="https://albuterola.store/">order albuterol</a> dapoxetine 90mg usa

    Default profile image
    10 Jun 2022 at 04:21 PM
  • levitra buy online - <a href="https://pregabalin.store/">lyrica 75mg generic</a> buy generic clomid

    Default profile image
    09 Jun 2022 at 01:52 AM
  • lisinopril order online - <a href="https://atenololxp.com/">brand atenolol 50mg</a> tenormin 50mg pill

    Default profile image
    07 Jun 2022 at 01:44 PM
  • buy glucophage 500mg pill - <a href="https://amlodipine.store/">order norvasc 10mg pill</a> amlodipine 10mg over the counter

    Default profile image
    06 Jun 2022 at 12:47 AM
  • plaquenil pills - <a href="https://plaquepll.com/">hydroxychloroquine pills</a> oral baricitinib 4mg

    Default profile image
    04 Jun 2022 at 10:04 AM
  • lasix 40mg drug - <a href="https://doxycyclinet.com/">doxycycline 100mg tablet</a> stromectol pills

    Default profile image
    02 Jun 2022 at 05:52 PM
  • brand prednisolone 20mg - <a href="https://predsolone.store/">prednisolone 10mg ca</a> order sildenafil 50mg generic

    Default profile image
    01 Jun 2022 at 02:35 AM
  • purchase amoxicillin online - <a href="https://edssilen.com/">sildenafil buy online</a> order viagra online

    Default profile image
    30 May 2022 at 05:04 PM
  • prednisone 10mg over the counter - <a href="https://accutanpll.com/">buy accutane 40mg without prescription</a> isotretinoin generic

    Default profile image
    29 May 2022 at 07:52 AM
  • cialis 10mg pill - <a href="https://pharmpill.store/">legit canadian pharmacy</a> provigil 100mg oral

    Default profile image
    27 May 2022 at 10:39 PM
  • purchase doxycycline for sale - <a href="https://doxycyclineg.store/">doxycycline medication</a> cialis 10mg for sale

    Default profile image
    26 May 2022 at 12:56 AM
  • buy ivermectin nz - <a href="https://ivermectinx.store/">ivermectin 6 mg for people</a> vardenafil 20mg tablet

    Default profile image
    24 May 2022 at 02:25 PM
  • buy amoxil for sale - <a href="https://zithromycinc.store/">azithromycin price</a> levitra online

    Default profile image
    23 May 2022 at 01:30 AM
  • order ampicillin 250mg pill - <a href="https://tadalafixpls.com/">buy cialis for sale</a> order tadalafil 10mg for sale

    Default profile image
    21 May 2022 at 02:13 AM
  • cefuroxime medication - <a href="https://xcialis.store/">cialis 5mg oral</a> cialis pills

    Default profile image
    19 May 2022 at 02:47 PM
  • budesonide pill - <a href="https://xantabuse.quest/">buy disulfiram 500mg generic</a> buy antabuse 250mg pills

    Default profile image
    18 May 2022 at 02:36 AM
  • sildenafil pill - <a href="https://stromectolx.store/">buy stromectol online</a> ivermectin 12mg for humans

    Default profile image
    16 May 2022 at 01:42 PM
  • order cephalexin 250mg for sale - <a href="https://cephalexinx.store/">order cephalexin 250mg sale</a> erythromycin without prescription

    Default profile image
    14 May 2022 at 04:00 AM
  • order bactrim 480mg sale - <a href="https://bactrimx.store/">bactrim generic</a> cheap viagra pill

    Default profile image
    11 May 2022 at 09:20 PM
  • order augmentin 375mg online - <a href="https://gaugmentin.store/">augmentin over the counter</a> tadalafil 5mg brand

    Default profile image
    09 May 2022 at 04:25 AM
  • order prednisolone 20mg online - <a href="https://gabapentinx.store/">neurontin 600mg without prescription</a> cheap cialis 5mg

    Default profile image
    06 May 2022 at 03:58 PM
  • order viagra 100mg generic - <a href="https://bestusasild.com/">sildenafil overnight delivery</a> viagra 150mg us

    Default profile image
    05 May 2022 at 09:37 AM
  • purchase kamagra in u s a Buy Cialis viagra el mejor <a >buy cialis online canada</a> Purchase Generic Cialis

    Default profile image
    09 Jun 2020 at 07:49 PM