Nothing here for purists today, just a pair of modern, efficient in-line rifles to debate. It’s ancient muzzleloading history now, but back in 1985 Missouri gunsmith Tony Knight changed blackpowder hunting forever with the MK-85, a thoroughly modern take on what had been, theretofore, a market dominated by traditional sidehammer rifles. Knight’s inlines were more reliable, they were easier to clean, and they could be scoped like modern guns. While traditionalists wailed, lots of deer hunters suddenly became blackpowder shooters to take advantage of extra seasons, including today’s Gunfight contributors. Neither of these rifles resembles Tony Knight’s original, dare I call it “traditional” inline. The guns have continued to evolve. We’ve got a break action versus a bolt action.