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Old April 19, 2005, 01:25 PM   #1
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Does your state allow smokeless powder?

Let’s compile a list of states that allow smokeless powder during their muzzleloader deer season. If your state does not allow smokeless, how come? Does your state allow centerfire rifles? What factors are used by your legislature to determine regulations that cover firearms?

Indiana - Our laws did not have a specific entry on smokeless powder until our 2004 season when the state legislature tried to restrict its use. Those of us who used it, led by Toby Bridges, started a letter writing campaign that swayed the lawmakers into re-writing the law in our favor.

How is it in your state?

This should be an eye opening exercise.
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Old April 19, 2005, 02:09 PM   #2
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From what I can tell based on this page from the Georgia DNR website, which does address muzzleloading firearms and primitive weapons regulations, and does not specify what type of powder is allowed, it looks like smokeless power is allowable.
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Old April 20, 2005, 10:20 AM   #3
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Oklahoma, yes, smokeless is okie-dokie.
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Old April 23, 2005, 10:10 PM   #4
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Minnesota doesn't care...

MN DNR doesn't specify poweder type, but, does indicate bullet diameter and cartridge length.

although, muzzleloaders may NOT use scopes during muzzleloading season.
(BUT: they can shoot during regular season with scopes on their muzzleload rifles)
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Old April 24, 2005, 01:10 PM   #5
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Wisconsin (NO)
For the purpose of the special muzzleloader season, what is the definition of a muzzleloader?

Any .45 caliber (or larger) smooth bore or .40 caliber (or larger) rifled bore muzzleloading firearm discharged from the shoulder having a solid breech plug attached with threads, capable of being loaded only from the muzzle and using black powder or black powder substitute. Inline muzzleloaders are legal.

Black powder firearms that use metallic cartridges or load through the cylinder face are legal for small game hunting only or during the regular 9 day deer season.

Michigan (NO)
What types of firearms are legal to use during the December muzzleloading deer season?

A person may use a muzzleloading rifle or muzzleloading shotgun or black-powder handgun loaded with black-powder or a commercially manufactured black-powder substitute. The use of smokeless powder during this deer season is unlawful statewide. The requirement that the firearm be loaded with a .44 caliber or larger projectile was repealed by the Natural Resources Commission in 2002 and is no longer in effect.
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