Just spoke with a State Game Warden and he says " if you're hunting private owned land the 30 + rounds are fine , in management areas 10 rounds or less, the stock makes no difference. " Keep in mind I spoke to him in a parking lot, he may not be the same guy you meet in the woods.
Don't ever rely on a game warden's word about the laws and regulations. Read them for yourself. They are supposed to furnish all laws and regulations in pamphlet form for general distribution, but they don't. Ask for them anyhow. The Hunter's Digest
tells you what to refer to as the final authority in the Introduction
Refer to the WMA rule I posted above from the Regulation Book
. The way I read it, the game warden's answer may be wrong, depending upon if he was referring to only those rounds in the magazine. If so, an additional round would be allowed in the chamber for a total of 11 rounds.
That's not uncommon. The laws and rules are so numerous and conflicting that some game warden's can't even keep up with them all.
The following statement on page 14 of the Regulation Book
is a lie. There is no separate pamphlet available for general distribution containing the game and fish laws even though the law requires it. Ask for it anyhow. I have asked several times.
“ . . . THE COMMISSIONER . . . SHALL PUBLISH IN PAMPHLET
FORM FOR GENERAL DISTRIBUTION ALL LAWS TOGETHER WITH
SUCH RULES AND REGULATIONS RELATING TO GAME, BIRDS,
FISH, FURBEARERS, SEAFOODS AND OTHER MATTERS OVER
WHICH SUCH COMMISSIONER . . . HAS AUTHORITY OR
SUPERVISION. SUCH PAMPHLET SO PUBLISHED SHALL BE
RECEIVED IN EVIDENCE WITHOUT FURTHER PROOF OF SUCH
RULES AND REGULATIONS IN ANY COURT OF THIS STATE . . . .”
Code of Alabama 1975, Section 9-2-8
NOTE: For convenience, the Game and Fish Laws and the Game and Fish
Regulations are being published in separate pamphlets.