Just read an article in a magazine, backwoodsman I believe, where the author talks about downloading muzzleloaders. This is pure genius, and so simple, why did I not think of it ?! He takes a cheap, used side hammer, .50 cal and loads smaller balls, say 36 cal, and just uses thicker patches, or more patches, to get the ball to fit the barrel tight, reducing the powder load to say 30 grains, and voila, hunting small game with a .50 ! Now I own a .50 and a .36, so I have nop need to do this, but for those that dont want to purchase 2 guns, this is a viable, practical, and cheap option. If you have to cut patches out of used jeans, or whatever, the simple percussion cap ML i a greta alternative. Forget the ammo shortages now, theres still plenty of black powder, and percussion caps. buy some ball molds, and scrounge some lead, lifetime supply of ammo. Great article, great magazine !