Ok, here goes...
I am thinking of taking the plunge into black powder and have a couple questions.
I like the appeal of the old school cap and ball or flintlock style shooting, but the price of those rifles is high. The inline guns can be had for under $300 (under $200 in some cases) and this is more of what I can afford.
However, you can get a hawken style kit for under $300. Do these actually shoot well, and if so, do they shoot well enough to take game with?
Also, I am a lefty. Does this have any impact on shooting black powder? I know with some right handed semi-auto's I get hit in the forehead with hot shells. Wondering if I have to worry about getting a dusting of hot powder in the face since I shoot on the left.
I will be signing up for the muzzleloader class in April so I will have a chance to shoot each kind of rifle.