I also think they would be a better rifle with a GM 15/16" 1/70 twist .54 barrel on them. I do have a 1/28 twist Accusporter and it is outstanding with sabots and Great Plains conicals but I also have a Lyman .54 Deerstalker that I shoot a whole bunch more.
I am firmly in the .54 roundball camp vs. sabot and conical bullets.
I also feel they did the new ones wrong. Some will like them that way though. I would love a GM .54 1:66 or 1:70 roundball barrel, no false muzzle and double triggers and a nice maple or walnut stock at a decent price. $799 is a crazy high price.
Be $140 for a lock, $150 for a barrel gm, $50 stock plus $85 for inlet and rr hole. $20 for tennons, pins, trigger, bolts, $30plus for furniture, say $600 in parts, let alone labor to construct and finishes etc....I think 800 is fair...
Anybody can shoot deer on the farm ground....You earn it in the mountains.......
800 bucks does seem like a lot of money but just purchasing the components adds up quick. I bought a Lyman Deerstalker a few years back for I think $439.00 and I know I couldn't buy the lock, barrel, ramrod, sling studs, sights, breech plug, vent liner, stock, machining/fitting/browning for what I had in the factory rifle. I like the rifle and when I compared the effort and expense it felt like a bargain.
I have an RMC with a 24" and 28" barrels for the same stock. It's a nice rifle and shoots very well with the 300 grain Hornady xtp's but I rarely use it anymore and will probably sell it at some point.
There is nothing like a .54 caliber soft lead round ball moving out at modest velocity to hunt deer with in my opinion. I love the sheer simplicity of it and it works as well as anything out of a flintlock. No; it doesn't have the range and power that conical and pistol bullets have but I never needed that either.