My dad is getting up there in years and decided to send me his firearms as he's not able to hunt any longer. One of them was a complete surprise. It's a percussion cap .54 cal Hawkins muzzle loader. Now I've never been into shooting muzzle loaders but my boys can't wait to take it out. So this is all new to us. Be kind, this is completely new to us and I'm not looking to get hammered by anyone. I have some questions so we go about this safely and the right way as there was no product material with it, but I'll do a search on line. It went together lickety split with the two pins to hold the barrel on. It's came with the rod to tamp it down the powder and the bullets so I think it's complete and I'm not missing anything. I've got some shopping to do for all the extras. At the end of the day, I’m not anyone will hunt with it, but I can see my boys having fun at the range with it, but who knows. Here's my list of questions What kind or manufacture of black powder do you recommend? How much powder do I poor down the barrel or is there a device for measuring it...I'm sure there is What type of bullets should I purchase? What type of bullet patches do I need...if any?? is there a big difference in percussion caps? Cleaning supplies...what kind or brand? Oh yeah and the last question and this is from my youngest who's 16. How much kick should he expect seeing it has no recoil pad? That should get me started on my shopping list. I know I've probably left out a bunch of stuff, so fill me in if you see I'm missing something. As always thanks for your support.