I swap back and forth, up and down depending on what state and how I feed when I head out hunting. I started out with a .45 T/C Hawkin and then moved to a .54 T/C Renegade. I then bought a .50 caliber barrel to put on my .54 and used that for a couple of years and then bought a .50 T/C in line. I couldn't believe the difference in the weight between that old Renegade and that in line. It seamed like I needed two arms to hold up that old Renegade. But I do love that old style of rifle. I have taken both deer and elk with the .54 and just a couple of deer with the .50. I have yet to kill anything other than a few rabbits with the in line.
You'd be bored to death if I talked about all the ML i've gone through. My latest is a Lyman Great Plains Rifle. A pretty close copy of the real Hawken with a 32" barrel, and 9 1/2 lbs. It also has the extreme curved butt plate. Not the most comfortable gun to shoot, or carry. Especially, for an old goat like me, but i've always loved to punish myself for fun.
Let me start by telling you the story of two Johns.
John number one went on a day hike with a couple of friends in the Cascade Mountains about an hour from Seattle. He somehow got separated from his buddies and became lost. John was dressed in casual cloths for a warm weather day hike and had nothing but a lunch with him. He spent three days in those mountains and luckily made it out to tell the story.
John number two, a friend of John number one, was much better prepared when...