well, I couldn't help myself... the $200 Traditions Buckstalker nickel barrel with scope delivered to my door was too hard to pass up. Cabela's is running free shipping right now.
I appreciate all the feed back! hopefully it won't be a decision I regret. just noticed though, I think this model was prior to the Traditions Accelerator Breech Plug, so I might have to mess with a stupid wrench?
bring on the powder/bullet combinations that you like best. my buddy has the Traditions Vortek and says Hornady is the way to go.
maybe I'll stumble on another one of these fellas this year...