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  • Red Dots on Muzzle loaders

    Does anyone know for sure if red dots are illegal to use on muzzleloaders during a muzzleloader only hunt. I know what the statutes say concerning what is legal and illegal. I read a posting that stated the board of game determined that red dots did not meet the definition of illegal methods as stated in the statutes. This article was from Nov 2010.

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    That could be confusing. The regs just use the term "scope" as a prohibited sighting device. Some red dots look a bit like scopes, but seems like it would be reasonable to just classify a scope as a telescopic sight, which a red dot is not. I noticed that Websters defined a scope as "A telescope mounted on a firearm."
    Louis Knapp

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    • #3
      Best answer is to call the troopers or the hunter safety folks teaching the muzzleloader classes. They'll know for sure, and you won't end up defending the Alaska Outdoor Supersite opinion in court.
      "Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good."
      Merle Haggard

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      • #4
        Sage advice. Seems like it's too frequent that a guy doesn't completely understand the wording of a reg until he's accused of violating it. I remember even being a little paranoid about the legality of my aperture sights on my Great Plains Rifle.
        Louis Knapp

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        • #5
          I took the muzzleloader qualification test last year and there were a couple guys with red dots mounted on their rifles. That question came up and the instructor confirmed that they are legal as long as they don't have any magnification, so 1x, and don't project any kind of light or dot like a laser sight.

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