15 Jan Western Precision Muzzleloader Sights: Unique Among Muzzleloader Accessories
Muzzleloader technology has seriously come a long way. Back in the day we were chasing deer with flint locks, black powder and turtle sights, praying (because we couldn’t cross our fingers) that when we dropped the cock on the frizzen, the charge would go “bang.”
Today, we have pre-measured black powder substitute pellets, full-bore muzzleloader bullets that offer near-centerfire-like accuracy even beyond 100 yards, and advanced in-line ignition systems that deliver nearly the same reliability (even in wet conditions) as breech loading cartridges.
It is quite seriously a night and day comparison respecting how far muzzleloading has come in the past, say, 50 years.
It’s gotten to the point that some states are putting the brakes on the liberal muzzleloader seasons that, while still liberal, are being curtailed in other ways.
Some states, like Pennsylvania, have flintlock-only seasons, probably to keep the whole sporting chase ethical. Others have outlawed electronic ignitions (which is fair, to say the least).
Some western states have enacted similar laws that circumscribe the advances of modern muzzleloaders.
We’re going to cover one of them – and a muzzleloader accessory that presents a solution – right here.
The Issues Facing Western Muzzleloader Hunters
Where we are, in Utah, there have been some big changes to our muzzleloader regulations. Our state recently followed the suit of Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho and Arizona with some new laws regarding sights and optics.
The big change is as follows for 2024: for all big-game muzzleloader hunts, including general season and limited entry hunts, scopes with more than 1x magnification will now be forbidden.
This means if you have a variable mag scope over your smoke pole, you have to make some changes before next season rolls around.
That’s the first consideration. The follow-up issue has to do with the implications of this new regulation.
Say you hunt mulies or speed goats. You know firsthand how hard it is to get within 200 yards of these critters. They’re skittish and what’s worse, hunting in open country, without a lot of natural cover, makes the stalk even more difficult.
Up to now the advances in muzzleloader technology were turning the tide in favor of hunters. More accurate bullets and reliable ignition systems have made making shots greater than 200 yards possible.
Which is also a lot easier with a scope that offers variable magnification. If you zero your muzzleloader at 100 (or even 200 yards), making a shot at 250 or even 300 yards is not out of the question.
Especially since you can simply elevate the rifle a little bit, and use the reticle to accurately estimate the point of impact. That’s one of the great things about scopes. Even with the reticle at the point of aim, you still have half of the sight picture open below it.
That’s a problem with iron sights, as well as with conventional peep sights. Making an extended shot on your target quarry requires you to elevate the bore, which, in essence, makes a gigantic visual obstruction out of your barrel – it covers up your target, making it impossible to see it. You can still shoot and hit targets at longer ranges, but doing so effectively lies at the intersection of a prayer and a gamble, which is not something you want to do when you have one shot.
Right now, we’re introducing Western Precision Muzzleloader Sights, which we sell here as a kit, creating a unique solution to this problem of muzzleloader hunting.
A Step Above Conventional Peep Sights
The Western Precision Muzzleloader Sights we sell here as a kit are worth every penny. In response to this new law, they are solidly at the top of the most valuable muzzleloader accessories we are offering right now.
It’s all about the design. With a conventional peep sight, you still have the problem associated with iron sights: making a long shot will force you to aim above the target, which is not only a rough estimation, but prevents you from actually seeing the target when you pull the trigger because your barrel will be in the way.
On top of that, traditional peep sights (while good) really only enable you to approximate the point of impact. In some respects, iron sights are actually better.
Not anymore. These Western Precision Muzzleloader Sights feature a unique design that includes 6 different reticle inserts for the “Fool Proof” rear peep sight.
These peep sights are micrometer adjustable with positive internal locks, enabling you to make precision adjustments for sighting in at the range. The FP receiver sight also enables a wide range of precision windage and elevation adjustments.
We’ve paired these peep sights with a Western Precision Front Globe sight, selling them as a pair. Between the two, you can create a clear sight picture, adjust precisely for windage and elevation, and make consistent, accurate shots at extended ranges, just as you’d be able to do with a scope.
But the best part is the reticle insert. Because of this feature, you can line up the “crosshairs” through the peep sight, and hold over your target, using the reticle to determine the point of impact, without your barrel getting in the way of your sight picture.
Think of it as a scope without magnification power that’s better than a scope in the first place, because it’s extremely tough. There are no glass lenses, and as a result, it’s natively fogproof, dustproof, and waterproof. Also, it has an 85,000 pound tensile strength rating. Find a scope that offers that, then get back to us.
Gear Up for Next Season with These Game-Changing Muzzleloader Accessories
Come next season, you’re going to need a new optics solution if you hunt with a muzzleloader and a variable mag scope. It’s 1x only or something else. Our suggestion is to try out these Western Precision Muzzleloader Sights.
They’re as easy to use as a scope, just as reliable, and far easier to care for. Plus, they’re a lot more practical (and affordable) than some higher end scopes that have what can only be called ridiculous price tags.
And, once you’ve seen what this sort of upgrade can do, you can check back into our collection of muzzleloader accessories and upgrade with an updated muzzleloader ramrod, bullet starter, and muzzle brake – as a start.