Long barrels are not the problem that some say they are. I have a fowling piece with a 48" barrel and have no difficulty using it in our New England forests. And the extra length of the sighting plane is a real benefit, particularly as one gets older. I believe the cherry stocked rifle you mention is a Jim Kibler SMR. You can't do better than that and the price is very reasonable. Go for it!About a week ago I posted on here about some rifles in a local shop. All sold before I could make my decision which is my fault. I decided that I should probably get a custom rifle and smoothbore compared to a production firearm. That being said I have found a rifle here on the forum that has caught my eye it is a Cherry Stocked .45 caliber rifle. It has a 46" barrel, is this too long ? I want a long rifle like the men on the frontier had and by what I have seen on the internet most are 38"- 48" long on most custom build sites. The second route I was thinking on taking was building a Kibler Rifle however I dont know what style to build, "Southern" or " Colonial" . I guess which ever style wouldve been more prevelant in Maryland in the late 18th Century, if anyone knows which style best resembles that feel free to share your opinions or facts. I dont have a caliber in mind yet as of now for a rifle. As for a Smoothbore, I dont know what bore to get but definitely will want a rear sight. Idk if I will get the smoothbore or thr rifle first. Thanks to anyone who reads this and leaves their thoughts.