Now a .58 caliber pistol would be a hoot to shoot. I might have to do some searching and see if anyone makes one. If not I may have to head down to my friend house that has a mini lathe and see what we can turn out.
I had the 1858 New Army .44 cal pistol in mind when asking. It looks like in doing so I've given the idea for a monster. I know the "musket" style pistols are mostly .50. Don't think I've seen anything bigger.
The TC Scout Pistol came in 54 and I always thought if they came in 58 I would get one! Cabelas offers a double pistol in 58 and I have been considering that... I always ask myself; "Is it a need?" and I am thinking it is.
Were you looking at the Pedersoli Howdah double barrel pistol at Cabela's? I have been looking at it for a couple of years and think that is would be a hoot to shoot and take hunting. It is interesting in that the specifications say that it is a smoothbore but reading the reviews one says that the barrels are rifled so who knows.
A perk of majoring in wildlife biology in college is the plethora of hunting knowledge that you collect throughout your course load. One of the most important factors in whether an area can hold large quantities of animals or produce large antlers is forage.
Most universities, state schools and even community colleges offer basic botany courses and plant ID courses. Although it might not be feasable for the average middle age hunter to pay tuition and go back to college to learn hunting...