IMHO, muzzleloaders excel at getting you an extra two weeks of deer season. Not much else. The MODERN muzzleloader (in-line, 209 primed, electric primed, etc) is attempting to duplicate the single shot cartridge rifle, but still remain LEGALLY a "primitive arm", and many states provide a separate hunting season for those. I own, shoot, and enjoy a few charcoal burners, but do not see them as being superior to, say, a Browning .243, a Wichester .308, etc. I do cast my own bullets, and COULD make my own powder- but not as high a quality as my store bought stuff.