Thanks for all the advice. Tonight I found out its better to be lucky than to be well equipped. The biggest eight point whitetail I've ever seen trotted up to my eleven year old son and I. He swerved around us at thirty yards avoiding my son's shot, but I got him behind our hide at thirty feet. So much for long range muzzle loading..
. I am still going to get a smokelless one built or bought. I just wish my son could have gotten the shot.