Now 2 range trips do not necessarily a trend make, but my Hawken is showing signs of being an exceptionally accurate rifle. In fact, nearly as accurate as my Firehawk when she was open sighted. Largest group today was 1 3/8ths for 3 at 50. Smallest was 5/16ths. My usually ( inline) load. 45 cal 250 gr Hornady xtp, Harvester crush rib and 70 gr of 3f Swiss. Next time will chrono it, but I'm guessing 1700 fps. This is a new barrel ( today makes 50 rounds down bore) so she isn't close to broken in yet. Btw, she's an M stamp barrel. I have to get an aperture sight on this one licketisplit! I expect groups will tighten up a wee bit more. I've never got accuracy like this from a sidelock before. She's also very consistent in point of impact. Groups overlap well and she hits the same spot day after day. That is a most important trait in any rifle. I have another factory barrel to try. It too is unfired, and I hope, just as accurate. IdahoLewis is right. Do not discount a good sidelock.