I am looking for a muzzleloader that is under $600TC made what was called the Pennsylvania Hunter. It had a round ball twist barrel of somewhere around 30". This would be lighter than the Hawken or the Renegade. I would stay away from the TC Seneca and Cherokee as they are both light. The Lyman Great Plains are good too available in left and right flint and cap for a new. Used the old CVA Mountain Rifle in good condition is a good choice. What price range are you looking at? There are always some custom plain Jane rifles floating around for less than a $1000. Check out americanlongrifles.com you may be surprised what turns up.
I really don't know what I will shoot. I am leaning more towards the patched balls because I have lead moulds and plenty of lead.View attachment 84087 Are you going to be shooting balls, bullets, sabots? I'd just look for a slightly used TC renegade. I have a nice high grade custom hawken built by TC, but it aint light or cheap, but has no problem being accurate out to 100 yards shooting balls. My TC treehawk is light and accurate and I got it for $125 in like new shape. TC new englanders/white mountain carbines, renegades, etc.. there are many options. Every one wants inlines now so side locks are great deals now.
:ahhhhh:Cap locks are not better than flintlocks, only a bit faster to reload.
My Lyman was made in Italy although I don't know who the actual manufacturer was. I do know that they seem to be a bit more pricier now than they were in '82, when I bought mine.The last I checked Italy and Spain are not third world countries. I think Lyman is Italian and traditions is Spain although I am not sure.