Seems high to me too. Also, you can find .50 cal components cheaper. I'm not a big fan of red dots for hunting.
Originally Posted by gravel road
That seems a little high. Black powder rifles are fairly inexpensive, even going through big stores like Cabelas. I just saw a T/C 50 cal stainless w/camo on Cabelas web site for $299. If you look around, there are some CVA's that are even cheaper (if price is a major concern).
I have a .54 cal Knight that is a blast to shoot, but maybe not as versatile as a .50 cal. The .50 would be a little better for long range, especially if you are shooting the 150 gr powder loads and saboted bullets. 50 cal components are easier to find in the stores. Either caliber will work on game just fine.
I do enjoy the .54. Shooting 500+ gr maxi balls is some good fun!