Re: SMOOTH BORE VS RIFLED
the smooth bore is a bit more versatile, as far as load and seasons. In general though, accuracy for deer hunting is probably about 75 yds for the smoothie and 25 to 50 yards further for a flint round ball gun. Of course it depends on the caliber/ga. An old Brown Bess throwing a 75 caliber round ball is pretty deadly for a good distance, provided you can figure out how to aim. A smooth bore is often 95% as accurate as a rifle out to 50 yds. then things start to open up. This is also partly because of the generally lousy sights found on smooth bores.
There are such things as "smooth rifles." They look every bit like a rifle but have smooth bores. The front and rear sights are like a rifle. Many smooth bore guns such as fusils, trade guns and fowlers have no rear sight. Just like the modern bird gun. There are some guys who are darn good with their trade guns and can hold up with the rifle shooters out to 75 yds., even lacking the rear sights. (I am definitely not one of them)
I have a 24 ga flint smooth bore, which happens to work out to 58 caliber. It can shoot shot, buck, or a patched round ball. I use it for squirrels with shot and sometimes for deer with round ball, where I don't expect long rifle shots, ie. in the brush, narrow ravines, etc..