Indiana made Muzzle loading pistols legal for deer hunting 2 years ago, but the ONLY caveat is it has to have a barrel at LEAST 12" long, and must be at LEAST .50 caliber, and fire a projectile at LEAST .45 caliber (meaning sabots.) They also allow you to carry it as a "backup," as long as it's LEGAL for deer in the first place. Anyway, I have been kind of half-assed keeping my eye out for a "project," looking for an old or used pistol, either, percussion or flint, that fits the bill, but is still "traditional," MAINLY for a "back-up," I'll probably still use my Flintlock rifle for my main weapon. But Dixie, or NOBODY else makes anything that qualifies, except the 1851 .58 pistol/Carbine for like $800! After looking at a few prospects at a show yesterday, the LONGEST barrel I saw was 10 1/2", on the way home I got an "inspiration..." Rebarreling with a custom pistol barrel would defeat any of the cost savings of DIY, PLUS then I'd have to modify the original pistol stock to get it to "look right" with the longer barrel. WHAT if, I was to track down a "used," "Cheap," .50 cal Hawken type rifle, (guys "trading up" to a #%$%$! in-line ) with a pistol grip, maybe a CVA, Traditions, or Navy, they are a dime a dozen, and CUT it? I can square it after I cut it with a square, then crown the muzzle with the "brass screw in drill with lapping compound" trick. Then mount DECENT sights on it... I'm good with wood, so I could shape the pistol grip stock, and if I get lucky with the wedge or pin holdoing the barrel, I could get CLOSE to 12", and then fit a brass nose cap to it, and probably even cut the ramrod to fit! My son shoots 245 gr. Buffalo Ballets from his .50 Hawken style 'Frontier Carbine" with 90 gr. FFFg, with very LITTLE recoil, and it killed his one deer when he was 13 cleanly, so I THINK I could handle 50 or 60 gr maybe as much as 75gr with it and not break my wrist shooting it, and it SHOULD be accurate at handgun range, about 25 yds... Do you think it would work???