Nebraska has finally decided to allow variable power scopes on muzzleloaders this year. In past years you could only use open sights or a fixed 1x scope. Being an outfitter in Nebraska, we've seen a huge increase in interest in muzzleloader hunters wanting to come. What are your thoughts about the use of scopes on muzzleloaders?
Personally I want every advantage I can get and a scope is certainly an advantage. I assume they allow inline and the new smokeless powders which allow much longer shots than old front stuffers. I won't hesitate to take a shot out to 150 yards with my remington.
I don't doubt there is an increase in interest, MZ is my favorite season.
I personally don't use a scope on my muzzleloader. The only reason is a friend made it for me and it will not take a scope. Matter of fact the sights he put on it, I had to use a file to sight it in. lol He was an old guy who liked the old ways. He died a year after he made it for me and it's kind of silly but I kept it the way he made it as a sortof tribute to him. I still use round balls and triple F blackpowder. But still the gun is acurate out to 100 - 125 yards and where I hunt thats about all the range you need. But I don't see any problem with scopes on em if you want one.
We cannot continue to do the same things and expect different results
This year Kansas changed the reg's, to allow scopes on muzzle loaders too. I think that it will be a good thing . We should always have a quick clean kill ,and accurate shooting is the means to that end. I have seen some poor shooting with open sights.
I personally like having the option to use scopes, I've had bad experiences with clients who thought they could shoot farther than they were truely capable of shooting with open sights. I just wanted to see the general thoughts about this, there are many purests here in Nebraska all up in arms about letting us use scopes. I'm all for a good clean ethical kill, makes my job a whole lot easier.
I wish states would keep modern weapon seasons separate from primative weapon seasons. When states like mine in Ohio allow hunters to use modern muzzleloaders including scopes, then it becomes the hunter's option to use whatever they want. There is no question that a hunter gets a measure of usable help with a scope. I enjoy my flintlocks far more than my inline, however, I also know that when lined up in the crosshairs that deer is most likely a soon to be dead one. This is not so sure when using the flintlock, sometimes it goes off and sometimes not. That is what makes it a hunt for some of us. I have no problem with those wanting scopes to be legal, just separate the seasons for us charcoal burners.
To me it's just plain ole common sense, If a scope allows you to see the
animal better the shot will be better placed offering a fast clean kill versus
the risk of just shooting and wounding the animal...
Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.
Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the outcome of the vote.