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Offline moseswhite

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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #100 on: September 03, 2021, 06:08:44 PM »
The owner of the rifle has probably the largest J.Henry rifle collection that there is between him and his brother but they are closet collectors and I dare not mention there names . It will probably end up on an auction some day .

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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #101 on: September 03, 2021, 08:50:37 PM »
I'm developing severe Hawken fatigue and Kibler isn't ever going to offer a Hawken kit.....  ::)


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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #102 on: September 03, 2021, 09:34:20 PM »
A percussion SMR might require a chambered breech with that small barrel.  Especially in the .45 version.

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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #103 on: September 03, 2021, 11:18:47 PM »
YES, between the Mississippi and the Rocky Mountain. Canada and New Mexico. Y'all have a wonderful day. AJ.
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #104 on: September 04, 2021, 12:09:21 AM »
A percussion SMR might require a chambered breech with that small barrel.  Especially in the .45 version.

Bob
You beat me to the key board. I was going to suggest that a drum and nipple in a 13/16 x45 caliber barrel is a REALLY
bad idea ;D.Also,how many antique SMR's have a small,thin barrel?
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #105 on: September 04, 2021, 01:36:35 AM »
A percussion SMR might require a chambered breech with that small barrel.  Especially in the .45 version.

Bob
You beat me to the key board. I was going to suggest that a drum and nipple in a 1/3/16 45 caliber barrel is a REALLY
bad idea ;D.Also,how many antique SMR's have a small,thin barrel?
Bob Roller

The barrel of a recent Kibler SMR is 0.925" AF at the vent liner.  That is a hair under 15/16" AF.

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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #106 on: September 04, 2021, 04:49:29 AM »
I d like to see an officers fusil kit

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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #107 on: September 04, 2021, 03:07:52 PM »
A percussion SMR might require a chambered breech with that small barrel.  Especially in the .45 version.

Bob
You beat me to the key board. I was going to suggest that a drum and nipple in a 1/3/16 45 caliber barrel is a REALLY
bad idea ;D.Also,how many antique SMR's have a small,thin barrel?
Bob Roller

The barrel of a recent Kibler SMR is 0.925" AF at the vent liner.  That is a hair under 15/16" AF.
I would still want a chambered breech for my personal peace of mind.I have made who knows how many locks and triggers for the "Hawken"rifles but the same amount of S.E.A. work that goes into those guns can produce a nice English style
sporting or target rifle.The target rifle usually had no rib with rod attached and no set trigger needed and while many had some extra nice locks a good or even quality lock can be made*that will work.
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #108 on: September 10, 2021, 03:56:31 PM »
Built a LHed .54 cal Stith Hawken that had a 36" bbl and was 1" at  the breech and 7/8" at the muzzle and the owner elk hunts the Rockies and it's an "all day gun". Never weighed it but it's quite manageable to carry and  shoot.....Fred



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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #109 on: September 11, 2021, 05:05:57 AM »
If someone had asked me my opinion what the outcome would be to the original question, I would have completely misjudged the results. Id still want one, though. This was an interesting thread.
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #110 on: September 11, 2021, 07:00:11 PM »
Fred, that is one of the best contemporary Hawken rifles I've seen...really nice work.  Regarding weight and balance, I too built one of Don's parts sets but mine was a flint fullstock.  My point here is that it too had a 1" to 7/8" x 36" tapered barrel in .62 cal. and the weight and balance were super.  Sadly, it was lost in a trailer fire, started by kids playing with matches in long grass.  The owner lost everything with zero compensation.
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #111 on: September 11, 2021, 10:51:33 PM »
Taylor.....thanks for the kind words...my .54 Hawken which is used for elk is a Pecatonica parts set and has a 1" straight bbl X 34" and have used it to kill a few elk in Colorado. It's a few lbs heavier than the Stith I built but still manageable. The last elk it killed was at a  paced off 107 yds and it ran 40 yards to me before it dropped.
The reason I chose the Pecatonica parts set was the Bplate.....it doesn't have the extreme curvature that requires an upper arm hold. ....Fred




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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #112 on: September 11, 2021, 11:13:54 PM »
Nice rifle, Fred!
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #113 on: September 20, 2021, 02:09:44 PM »
Out of nearly 400 guns I have made I have shipped maybe 5 west of the Mississippi.
Could be that westerners don't care for the style of guns you make. Just saying.
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #114 on: September 20, 2021, 04:46:35 PM »
Out of nearly 400 guns I have made I have shipped maybe 5 west of the Mississippi.
I am proud to be in the one of five club.
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #115 on: June 28, 2022, 05:13:27 PM »
Fred, I just stumbled onto this old post and I really like your finish on both guns posted.  Can you tell me your stain and topcoat finish schedule?  I like how the grain pops and the overall color and sheen.  Thanks, Martin

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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #116 on: June 28, 2022, 07:43:41 PM »
I would respectfully suggest that a light weight Hawken Rocky Mountain Rifle (as opposed to their squirrel/local product) is not an authentic piece.  They were made for carry on horse back & shooting at great big animals, some of which wood kill. That being said, I love them. If I were looking to produce a kit of a true Western fur trade rifle, I would go for a Leman, Henry, or Deringer which might be more authentic at a lighter weight. That probably would entail making a better/new contract style lock, but Mr. Killer can do that if it appears to possibly be profitable. I think that we have enough hi-grade Hawken kits as is.  What we really need are some authentic Hawken breech plugs, especially in 1 1/8", & furniture.
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #117 on: June 28, 2022, 08:24:47 PM »
I would respectfully suggest that a light weight Hawken Rocky Mountain Rifle (as opposed to their squirrel/local product) is not an authentic piece.  They were made for carry on horse back & shooting at great big animals, some of which wood kill. That being said, I love them. If I were looking to produce a kit of a true Western fur trade rifle, I would go for a Leman, Henry, or Deringer which might be more authentic at a lighter weight. That probably would entail making a better/new contract style lock, but Mr. Killer can do that if it appears to possibly be profitable. I think that we have enough hi-grade Hawken kits as is.  What we really need are some authentic Hawken breech plugs, especially in 1 1/8", & furniture.
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Totally agree. Full stock Leman Flintlock Trade Rifle would be my recommendation.

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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #118 on: June 28, 2022, 09:06:36 PM »
Here we go again..
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #119 on: June 28, 2022, 09:14:29 PM »
Ditto -- does not stop. 
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #120 on: June 28, 2022, 09:35:39 PM »
I'm thinking a close copy of the 1950s turner Kirkland Pennsylvania rifle would sell like hotcakes.
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #121 on: June 28, 2022, 10:19:04 PM »
I'm thinking a close copy of the 1950s turner Kirkland Pennsylvania rifle would sell like hotcakes.



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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #122 on: June 29, 2022, 12:14:56 AM »
I'm thinking a close copy of the 1950s turner Kirkland Pennsylvania rifle would sell like hotcakes.



Always wanted one of  those when I started in the 80's.
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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #123 on: June 29, 2022, 02:03:37 AM »
Jim's plate seems pretty full already.  I do not see him having the time or a reason to offer any new models. IF he can sell them faster than he makes them already, why add more products?  I see it like a restaurant with a menu that has too many choices.  It is good to keep things simple if it pays the bills. 

I would like to see in no particular order, a late, slim, 40" BBL, percussion long rifle, a Carson size Hawken, and an English percussion target pistol.

Instead of CNC machining a patent breech, why not do the drum like CVA?  That would save making an intricate patent breech on a long rifle.  Make the drum out of good steel, like 4140.  I see no need to make the breech plug so tight as to make alignment of the drum a problem if the plug is ever pulled. 

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Re: Do we desire a Kibler Hawken kit?
« Reply #124 on: June 29, 2022, 02:09:28 AM »
Id like to see GM re-issue the 1969 Pontiac Trans-Am too, but I cant see that happening either.
 That was a really cool car.
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