As the subject states, I am new here as well as new to muzzleloaders. I haven't hunted in over 35 years. I have also lost the sight in my "gun eye" (left). I would like to add at least target shooting to my retirement activities. I have seen that most modern muzzleloaders are in the .45 to .54 caliber range, though some as small as .36 are available. I have seen on History channel that the muzzleloaders used in the formation of our country were .55. Does anyone have a history of various muzzleloader caliber, and why the larger size?