Shotgun here is a long weekend prior to Thanksgiving and a long weekend after Thanksgiving weekend. Muzzle loader is the next two long weekends. You can also use muzzle loader during shotgun if you want. One of my buddies likes his muzzle loader better than his shotgun, so sometimes he'll use it during shotgun. --- merged: Dec 9, 2014 at 11:44 AM --- Most of the guys that I know who have them have fairly reasonably priced ones, in the $250-500 range. For them, 125-175 yards is about the furthest they are accurate enough to ethically hunt with. Since most guys are shooting off hand in a tree stand, I doubt they'd go much beyond 100 yards in reality. And with the ravines and woods around where we hunt, you usually don't have a clear shot out beyond that anyway. I've personally never needed to take a deer beyond about 65-70 yards. That being said, long range muzzle loaders do exist that would probably rival the Sharps. See this hunting video of taking an antelope from 715 yards: However, that particular gun is over $5000, and that isn't including the glass. Needless to say, IF this guy gets a muzzle loader, it'll be much closer to the $250-500 type than the $5000+ type.