I have a Lyman Deer Stalker 54 cal flintlock, and a TC Renegade 50 cal percussion. I would like to get a green mountain 1 in 70 twist drop in barrel for the renegade. My dilema is deciding to get a 54 cal or a 58 cal for PRB. Getting a 54 cal would let me shoot 54 cal on both guns, while getting a 58 cal would give me the option of shooting 50, 54, and 58. I haven't used either sidelock for deer hunting yet, but want to next year. My deer hunting here in the north-east has never been more than 100 yrds.
From the reading I have done, it seems that hunting with the 50 cal would need conicals and PRB is not advised, while hunting with the 54 would get it done nicely on a deer, and I assume the 58 would be even harder hitting and bigger hole.
Does anyone hunt with 58 cal PRB? Are there any problems with it? The only thing that I can think of is that the recoil must extreme.