I and two friends use the Thompson Center Encore. Each of our rifles will consistently shoot 1.5-2" groups at 100 yards. We each took a whitetail this year and experienced excellent performance.
One benefit of this setup is the ease of cleaning. We set ours up with the Leupold QRW rings. We can take the barrel off, then the scope, for cleaning.
So far, our cold-bore shots have all returned to within 1" of point of aim.
It is easy to load, easy to clean and easy to make safe...just break it open and remove the primer.
Certainly not part of a "Historical" experience, but gets us more time in the woods.