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Gun Building / Re: Buckhorn Sights?
« Last post by arcticap on June 15, 2019, 10:20:22 AM »
It appears that there's documentation that at least one example of a full buckhorn rear sight was used on one of the Hawken family made guns.
And that doesn't mean that they invented it or were the first and only makers to use it.
Especially if the barrel is rifled, then the sight is designed for accurate shooting at multiple distances including long range.
The source of the documentation for the sight is mentioned here on ALR.

1. --->>>  http://americanlongrifles.org/forum/index.php?topic=864.msg8614#msg8614

2. --->>>  http://americanlongrifles.org/forum/index.php?topic=15919.msg149714#msg149714

3.--->>>  http://americanlongrifles.org/forum/index.php?topic=14977.msg144333#msg144333

4. [SEE PHOTO]--->>>  http://americanlongrifles.org/forum/index.php?topic=6465.msg61026#msg61026
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Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Collecting frustration
« Last post by Chris_B on June 15, 2019, 10:18:47 AM »
There are one or two rifles in their auctions I would be interested in.
Would be not wise to buy one interisting with two or three combined that I do not want, since
I have no chance to sell these again over here... :(
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Mike Brooks.

The greatest builder of our time IMHO.
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Gun Building / Buckhorn Sights?
« Last post by Smokey Plainsman on June 15, 2019, 09:10:58 AM »
Friends, I am set to receive my Tennessee Valley Muzzleloading flintlock rifle next week, my first ever custom made gun.

In the photos they sent me, my gun has a full buckhorn rear sight, which seemed curious and too “modern” to me. Here’s the picture they sent:



When exactly we’re full buckhorn rear sights invented, and were they ever even used on traditional flintlock American long rifles?

Thanks for the help. If they’re not authentic, I’m going to have to replace it with something else. Thanks all.
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Gun Building / Re: Hawken rifle exhibit
« Last post by rsells on June 15, 2019, 08:58:55 AM »
I am like Fiddler.  I was at the gathering a bit over 40 years back and was surprised to be able to handle an original half stock Hawken that Art had on display, and fell in love with a very fancy half stock rifle made using a set of Art's parts.  Up until that point in time, I only loved Southern mountain rifles.  I had an attraction to the mountain rifles because of being introduced to them when I was a teenager.  One of my teachers let his son and I shoot one of his originals, and I was hooked.  However, the Hawken rifle has had a special place in my heart since that point in time.  I have two loves in muzzle loading rifles that I can't shake.  One is TN rifles and the other is Hawken rifles.  Over the years I have built Bedford, Lancaster, and Virginia rifles, but I don't  enjoy them as much as the iron mounted TN and Hawken rifles.  Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder.  All of them have a place in history.  I owe Art a special thanks for his influence that has been with me over the years, and to Don Stith for being willing to help me by answering all my stupid questions I needed when building Hawken rifles.
                                                                                                 Roger Sells
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The only greats I know are on this forum.  If I were to ever buy finished rifles, it would be a Brooks English Fowler or Christian Springs, Aschwege Lancaster or Bucks County,Matrin Lehigh or something from Barker, Rase or Stoner Creek.  Then I wouldn’t have to ask so many questions and try to mimic flat pictures of their rifles.
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Gun Building / Re: Hawken rifle exhibit
« Last post by Clark B on June 15, 2019, 08:23:04 AM »
You can pretty much count all the known fancy Hawken rifle on one hand, and the rest are plain wood, varnished stocked, working guns. I’m sorry, I don’t get it.

  Hungry Horse

Because in some instances plain can have a certain charm of it's own. The Hawken is not a beautiful rifle, but more a ruggedly handsome rifle.
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Contemporary Longrifle Collecting / Re: Henderson Flintlock
« Last post by Afghanvet on June 15, 2019, 08:06:55 AM »
Still own it!!!   Not really looking to sell it at the time!  Its safe and sound and still unfired!!!
How do you know it works? :o.....I thought you wouldn't buy a gun unless you could shoot it first.

At least you were able to follow the thread. I’m still confused after reading it several times.
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Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: For Sale: .50 Caliber Virginia Style Rifle
« Last post by dhillebrand on June 15, 2019, 06:49:00 AM »
Has it sold yet?  Thanks!
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Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: .50 Cal. York county Shroyer flint. Rifle
« Last post by dhillebrand on June 15, 2019, 06:38:54 AM »
What is meant by new/old rifle.  Can the hand made trigger be replaced by say a davis trigger or would that require alot of work?  Thanks.
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