I`ve never shot a 209-45, but have had a 209-50 for several years. I killed a deer with mine last year at 289 yrds, lazered. I would not have shot but the deer had already been hit and I was just trying to put it down. They are a nice rifle, high priced, but nice. I`ve killed 3 deer with mine in the last 2 years. Had the .45 cal. been on the market when I bought mine I would have gotten a .45 cal. If you get one, get a Barns alignment tool. It goes on the end of your ram rod and looks like a cleaning jag with a cone cut into the end of it. It keeps the axis of the bullet true in the bore and they claim it will cut your groups by 1/2, it did far better than that in my rifle.