I've been hearing through the grape vine that muzzleloader tags are becoming more and more plentiful around here. So I'd like to get in the game. I've shot a few but, my knowledge is sparse. I haven't decided on whether to go traditional or modern inline so I'd like opinions on both.
On the traditional side the CVA Mountain Hunter has really caught my eye. All blued steel and nice looking wood. It's also relatively light compared to other traditional style rifles, which is important to me. Are there any other options out there for a rifle in this style?
I'm also not very familiar with the ignition system on traditional muzzleloaders. Can pyrodex pellets be used in these? Are sabots and conical slugs used or just round ball? What kind of lock time do these things have?
On the inline side I've looked at Knight, CVA, Savage, Winchester, TC, H&R and Remington. I really like the removable action feature on the Knight Revolution. I also really like it's resemblance the 1885 falling block action. I would lean towards a falling or break action as opposed to a bolt action, just for aesthetics.
Any other insights would be appreciated.