Originally Posted by SidecarFlip
......... I think the next step forward (really back) for me will be a sidelock. Being a centerfire person for many years, I'm finding the front stuffers to be more interesting. Don't get me wrong, I'll never divorice my centerfires but the smokepoles are very enjoyable.
I just bought two T/C Hawken rifles at a garage sale for $150, with one being a .50 and the other a .54 Both rifles wee in great condition, except that they hadn't been fired and cleaned in 16 years. The owner passed a couple years ago and the wife finally started selling his hunting and shooting things. Her garage sale looked like a Cabelas store!
I'm NOT a fan at all of bore butter. Speaking of which, the old boy that had these rifles, must have actually packed it in the bores. It took me six (6) hours of cleaning on those barrels to clean out the crusted and caked bore butter.
I didn't care about keeping the .54 and just sent that off to a new owner in Maine. However the .50 I'm keeping (reverting back also) and I've already shot that rifle. Its very accurate shooting a .490 and pre-lubed patch. It was actually FUN shooting and smelling 2f again.
Got the .50 zeroed, then shot the following group a 100yds