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.
Accuracy. What an incredible way to give yourself a true advantage.
Go to your club and get a bunch of guys together - and put a target out there at 250 meters. Break out the deer rifles and see who can shoot a decent group, even off of the bench, at this distance. I think you will be shocked at how few can do it.
So - with that in mind, I recently set out to try to develop a semi-custom rifle that I could afford and that would shoot - repeatedly - at MOA.
I started with a platform that I love...