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Traditional Shooters

 
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Old 07-21-2009, 10:04 PM
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Re: Traditional Shooters

CVA Hawken and a planesman 50cal and 45cal

I also used to hunt small game with a 36 cal hawken
lots of fun
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Old 08-31-2009, 06:58 PM
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Re: Traditional Shooters

I'm doing most of my hunting with a Pacific Rifle Underhammer in 62 caliber now. Using a patched roundball over ox-yoke wonderwad with between 120-150 grains of Pyrodex rs. It will touch 3 shots at 50 yards with 120 grains. I have taken 3 deer, 1 elk, 1 hog and a turkey with it already. I actually carry it during our rifle season here in wisconsin instead of my scoped rifle. I also have a CVA double rifle in 50 cal with a set of interchangable 12 Gauge barrels ( my new hog and turkey and just picked up a Jaeger Flintlock in 59 cal.

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Old 09-01-2009, 07:28 AM
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I just started I have a CVA mountain rifle w/ .54 and .58 cal barrels. I haven't shot it yet but I am itching to.
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Old 09-03-2009, 02:48 AM
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Anyone left that shoots traditional instead of these rifles with plastic stocks, stainless steel barrels, scopes, replica powder and saboted bullets?
I build and hunt with traditional muzzleloading rifles. It has been a big hobby of mine since I returned from Vietnam in 1969. I am hooked on varmint hunting and bench rest competition using center fire rifles as well. I guess I am a sucker for both ends of the street. I will have to say that I have enjoyed muzzle loading competition more than anything I have done over the years. I did build an inline action hunting rifle for a friend of mine in 1975 but never liked the job. It did shoot well (he killed a good buck at 153 paces ), but I never took another order because I disliked the work. Just didn't seem right!
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Old 09-03-2009, 11:15 AM
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Has anyone ever tried one the Green Mountain drop-in replacement barrels? I've been told that they truely are a drop-in for the Thompson Center Hawken and are supposed to be more accurate...
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Old 09-03-2009, 10:56 PM
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I haven't used one of the drop in versions, but I have used their standard barrels for round ball/patch applications, and they have been very accurate on ever rifle I have made. I assume that they are made using the same process and twist specification if the drop in is designed for a round ball/patch. I can't input to the performance of their fast twist barrels designed for bullet applications.
Roger Sells
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Old 09-03-2009, 11:25 PM
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If your TC Hawken is one that has shallow groves and a 1 in 48 twist, you will get better groups if you drop your charge back to around 50 gr. You might try using FFF black powder, .490 and .495 round balls, .015 pillow ticking and spit for lubricant. Shoot some three shot groups every 5 gr. starting at 45 gr. and increase the charge upward to see where the rifle groups best. You should find a sweet spot where it shoots the smallest group, and then starts to increase the group size as you increase the charge. As an example, my .54 shoots one elongated hole spot on at 25 and 50 yards, and 1 1/8 inch group 5.5 inches low at 100 yards using 70 gr. of FFF black powder. However, the same rifle will only shoot an 18 inch group at 100 yards using 110 gr. of FFF black powder. I had a friend who use to beat me like a drum that used one of these TC rifles (45 cal.) using .445 cal round ball and pillow ticking with 50 gr. of FFF black powder. He was a great marksman.

Working up a load takes time, but it is fun shooting as well as gets you familiar with the feel of the rifle. Good luck with you shooting.
Roger Sells
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