When I handle this rifle, it's hard to see why this model wasn't more popular while in production, for it is trim, lightweight, and extremely well balanced. Perhaps it didn't sell better because the .45 caliber is often perceived as too light for deer-size game? This one likes the 40-caliber, 200-grain Hornady SST bullet in a sabot. Like many sidelocks, it also prefers black powder to any of the substitutes. It likes to be cleaned often, too. The chronograph shows an average velocity of approximately 1,700 fps with 75 grains of FFg, which has always taken deer cleanly. When the bore is patched between shots, groups are typically four inches or a bit less at 100 yards—more than adequate for deer.