I am planning on picking up a replacement for my muzzle loader for Louisiana's primitive firearm season. Any "Single shot, breech loading rifles, .35 caliber or larger having an exposed hammer that uses metallic cartridges loaded either with black powder or modern smokeless powder" are allowed. I'm torn between the 35 whelen's performance, the 45-70's versatility (able to load with black powder and cast bullets in a pinch), and uniqueness of the 444. I'm looking at getting a NEF handi rifle in one of the above calibers. Most shooting would be done inside 100 yards but I may of the opportunity for 200 yard+ shot. Any suggestions?