If you’re hunting backcountry mule deer or elk, every ounce has to be counted.  Before you dry out your handy wipes, pull bristles from your toothbrush, and contemplate leaving your sleeping bag home, remember that your gun can offset all efforts to go ultra-light!

With this in mind, I was particularly interested in Knight’s Ultra-Light Mountaineer muzzleloader tipping the scales at 6 lbs!


I contacted Gordy Edwards, Brand Manager of Knight Muzzleloaders, a few weeks ago.  Gordy has been with Knight for 17 years.  Turns out, he was heading to my hometown of Idaho Falls for a shoot the weekend of May 31st.  A generous guy, he invited me to dinner the night before the shoot.

I showed up at Dave’s Barbecue and wouldn’t you know it, none other than Mike Peterson (Sabotloader on Rokslide’s forums) was there to greet me, too.  Turns out he is on Knight’s pro-staff.  Not surprising as he is one of the most knowledgeable muzzleloader gurus out there.  Check out some of his threads on our muzzleloader forum.

He’s always great about answering questions on putting together great shooting guns.

We discussed the new direction Knight is taking their rifles over some great barbecue.  I was happy to hear that Knight is returning to the philosophy of founder Tony Knight in their newest designs equating to high quality, American made, accurate muzzleloaders.  For proof, they offer an accuracy guarantee to 200 yards!  Knight is back and this smokepole hunter is glad to see it.

I met Gordy and Mike at the range the next day and shot the Ultra-Light and some of the other guns.  I’m an accuracy freak and was pleased to see the potential these guns have in that category (I put two shots in the same hole at 50 yards.) We put together the short video below on Knight’s Ultra-Light.

Looks like Rokslide’s own James Petker will be hunting with Knight’s Ultra-Light this fall.  Make sure you subscribe to the Rok Blog (upper right at “Subscribe to blog”) so you can follow his reviews and hunts with this gun.


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Robby Denning
Robby Denning started hunting mule deer in the late 1970’s, only missing one season in 35 years. At 25, he gave up the pursuit of all other big-game to focus on taking the best bucks possible. He began hunting the West on a DIY budget hunting an average of 30 days a year for mule deer. Robby loves the hunt as much as the kill and the entire process from research to scouting to hunting. He’s killed four bucks over 200 inches in the last 15 seasons, mostly on easily-obtained tags. He owns a public-land scouting service and runs a private-land outfitting business helping other hunters in their pursuit of deer and elk. Robby has scouted and hunted literally thousands of square miles of mule deer country and brings a wealth of knowledge about these experiences with him. To him, the weapon of choice is just a means-to-an-end and will hunt with bow, rifle, or muzzleloader – whatever it takes to create an opportunity to take a great mule deer. He is also the author of "Hunting Big Mule Deer" available on Amazon. Robby believes all of creation is from God for man to manage, respect, and through which to know its Creator


  1. Good stuff Robby. I have been eye-balling the Knight UL for sometime now. Thanks for the review.

  2. Stay tuned Darin, James will give us a full report soon. I was particularly impressed at how the gun design reduces felt recoil. It still kicks, but not like you’d expect in an ultralight gun.

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