I used to shoot black powder back in the mid 70s. I joined a bi-centenial group in my town & was a musket man, light infantry. Still have my Brown Bess & uniform ( 42nd Royal Highland Reg. Afoot , aka The Black Watch). Still have powder horns, measuring spoon, etc. but it's been 30 years. Got back into shooting when I retired, shotgun, & a Henry Rifle. Then I got to talking with the muzzle loader guys at my range. They let me load & fire a few rounds & that's all it took to get re-hooked again. I hear only good things about the Hawkens but there's so many styles and calibers, and lengths of barrels. There's new ones in the local gun stores so I guess I'll start there.