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Old 10-07-2005, 05:27 AM
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Default Xmas Gun Choice

I bought my wife some pearls for XMas when I was home on leave, so I figure I have credit in the bank for a new muzzleloader for XMas (deferred until when I return). I have a few questions I need answered before I feed my bride a very specific wishlist. I have narrowed this down to the following:T/C Hawken, Lyman Deerstalker & Lyman Great Plains.

The T/C hawken gives me doubleset triggers, good sights but is 50 cal only.
The Deerstalker, while cheaper than the other two, looks to have less adjustable sights, has a recoil pad and has both 50 & 54 cal
The Great Plains rifle has double set triggers, adjustable sights, both 50 & 54 cal choices and a variety of twist rates.

As you can tell by my choices, I am not interested in In- Lines, I like the lines of the traditional sidelocks. Cost is not an issue (the pearls were more than any of these ).

Does anyone have opinions on any of these?

Is there a compelling reason to choose btwn 50 & 54 cal besides the size of the hole on the receiving end?

Are there considerations for choosing the various twist rates in the Lyman Great Plains rifles?

With luck, I could be using my new XMas gun on a hog hunt next spring.

Thanks guys, KD
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