Wasn't too bad of an experience. It was the first time filling the magazine and just had it's own little loading "quirk". Was a decent rifle but just didn't "grow" on me like my trusy old Ruger 77. Used the Ruger to drop a doe at 100 yards. Didn't ruin any meat! (.300 Win Mag). Bullet went right behind left shoulder, blew the lungs up and exited out the neck near the jaw. BIG hole on exit. We had a bad year on our land for bucks.
I bought the muzzleloader (wanted one anyway) to get in on the 10 day extended muzzleloader season after the one week rifle season.