My Son has a chance to buy a inline TC in 54 caliber. I am not a BP shooter but from what I can find the 50 cal is the current standard for BP shooters. There are only a couple of bullets even offered in 54 cal verses a bunch of options in 50 cal. So here is the question, should he hold off and pay 3x as much for a new 50 cal or buy the 54 cal that is in very good condition?
Using sabots the .54 caliber uses the same .45 caliber bullets the .50 caliber does. Few years ago i picked up a somewhat pawnshop worn .54 caliber TC FireHawk rifle for $100. The bore is pristine and the gun shoots sabots and patched round balls like a dream. Killed a few deer and a lot of wild hogs with that gun.
Well, I have mixed thoughts. I own several 54 and 50 cal BP rifles. I shoot the 50's far more with great results. I tend to shoot sabots and ballets more than round balls. If I was forced to shoot only round balls, I would opt for the good priced 54.