I've read that real Hawkins were much more expensive than "regular" guns; They would even be mentioned by name in inventories, whereas common types would be listed as just rifles.I am currently reading a series of fiction buckskin themed books that are ca. 1840. In the Rockies, the author has given almost everyone had a Hawken rifle, lots of them. Yes, fiction. But, personally, if I had been there then I would still go with a flinter. Those guys crossed a lot of creeks, rivers and such and got caught in the open during heavy storms. Once your caps are wet your rifle becomes a club.