I've been thinking about trying my hand at this muzzleloader thing for a while now but just never made the jump. Until, I was killing time last weekend visiting local gun shops and ran across a T/C Hawken for a price that seemed low enough to make it worth trying. Now, I've never shot or handled a muzzleloader before so I was just kinda wingin' it my assessment of the condition. But the for the price it was worth a try. It's a 50 cal kit gun of indeterminate age that has certainly seen some use. It is missing a nipple and the rear sight is banged up but it should be a good project. My intention is to fix what needs fixing but to leave it as "as is" as possible. I don't want to do a refinish, the patina gives it character. I'm sure I'll have lots of questions as I travel down this path but first I need to go shoot this thing.