OK, my comment was probably off-base. I knew it would spark-up the conversation, but probably would have been better off not saying it. Anyway, I don't want to take the thread off-topic or risk it being closed, so to the OP, I appologize.
I actually enjoy threads where there is a bit of passionate disagreement, as long as it stays respectful. There is nothing better than a group of people who can disagree, even seriously, on a subject but be as good friends as ever when the topic moves on.
Regarding my comments on inline muzzleloaders, my biggest complaint about the newer technology is that it brings much larger crowds of hunters into the woods during a season that was once the domain of a smaller group of dedicated hunters who had a respect and interest in historic weapons and were willing to deal with the disadvantages of the older technology. Muzzleloaders which have sealed, weatherproof ignition systems, use pelletized powder loads and have modern sight systems have little if any disadvantage compared to a shotgun. The original intention was to give users of traditional weapons a season of their own. Part of the problem is that the Division of Fish & Wildlife is a largely self funded agency and relies on licenses and fees to operate. As the state becomes more and more urbanized and hunter numbers decline, I feel the Division grasps at any opportunity to sell more licenses and permits.