I have been reading here a long time. Decided to get .45 caliber muzzleloader to primarily hunt deer with out of box blinds. I have had a few knights and they are one of the only companies out there selling a .45 these days. Decided to go with a Mountaineer and let my daughter pick the model since she will be using it as well. She wanted the gray thumbhole stock. Well the rifle finally showed on Friday and I scoped it with a Leupold 3-10x40 and wanted to get it on paper so we could do some shooting with it before the late season gets here. To say I am impressed with it is an understatement. Very well built and it definitely looks like it wants to shoot. Three rounds to get on paper and then let it sit for awhile and shoot three to see what it will do. A nice cloverleaf group. The load was 90 grains of BlackHorn 209 by volume and Barnes 195gr Expanders. I think it will be just the ticket!
Yea, I plan to up the powder and see how it reacts. Wanted to start on the low end to hopefully find an accurate load with less recoil for my daughter. That was the primary reason for the purchase, a rifle for her to use during muzzleloader season. The 90gr load should fill that bill. We will see what it is capable of with other loads and extended ranges. Overall I am very happy with the rifle.