I bought my Huntsman NIB in the summer of 2004 for $149 from a gun store in Plainfield, Indiana. I shot my first deer with it on opening day that fall with an inexpensive 4 x 9 40 shotgun scope mounted on self-installed, store-bought rails.
The hours of practice and sight-in on the range paid off for me that day in the Hoosier National Forest. That shot was a dream come true for me. At age 49, I had never been deer hunting. Getting my first kill on my first try with one shot a half hour after sunrise was indescribably delicious! And so was the venison. It was a 60 to 70-yard shot: double-lung/heart, just like my brother taught me. She was about a hundred pounds.
I love my Huntsman Muzzleloader.
I mounted it over my dresser in our bedroom. With my Huntsman, at no additional cost, I also got my choice of a 26" 12 gauge shotgun barrel with a fixed modified choke, a .243 rifle, or a slug barrel.
I chose the 12 gauge shotgun barrel. which I use mostly for trap shooting. After burnishing the barrel and deburring the bead threads coming through the bore, this fine little gun throws a 69% efficiency pattern with Federal or Winchester Heavy Field loads. I think it's just right for most upland hunting. The kick is not too bad, either, as this version of the 12 gauge NEF has a good, thick recoil pad. One word of warning, though, I got ahold of box of 3-inch #6 turkey loads with 2 ounces of lead and nearly 4 drams of powder in them. That 12 gauge spun me around like a 300-pound top! The recoil is tolerable with 3 drams or less of powder, however. That's in the "heavy field load" vicinity.
Both barrels are great in by book. The muzzleloader barrel is accurate, getting 2-3" groups at 50 yards and 4-5" groups at 100 yards out of a novice like myself using "real" black powder (ffg). With the 12 gauge barrel, the gun weighs in at just a tick over 5 pounds. Because of my arthritis and other physical limitations, I like the light front end of the 12 gauge.
I would encourage you to find a Huntsman and start getting her ready for the next season. I wouldn't part with mine.