I'll be out with my tc muzzle loader tomorrow.....be on a powerline with long sight lines. 3 rounds touching at 100 yards. If I hunt woods it's shotgun......if I hunt a power line it's the muzzle loader.my choices for each category:
Bolt Action: 30.06
MSR: 6.5 Grendel
Slug: 3" 20 gauge (think Savage 220, but a cantilevered barrel on a scatter gun you already have is efficient and cost effective)
Lever: 45-70 (ultimate brush gun)
Considered a high end muzzle loader? Those things can be damn accurate and will often qualify you for any and all shotgun, rifle, and muzzle loader seasons.
It's not even "high end". It's a tc impact. $179 4 years ago. Out to 100 yards it blows my shotguns away on accuracy.