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.
Jim Zumbo, Craig Boddington, Ron Spomer and Wayne Van Zwoll are all solid contributers to the modern hunting literature. Through their gifts (both hunting and writing) they make us better hunters. Whether it is letting us learn from their mistakes or by teaching us new techniques,they help us harvest more game. But I suggest looking to the oldies, the fathers of the outdoor writing craft, to learn tricks that you might have not used.
I chose to shoot the 270 winchester because I grew up...