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Offline 83nubnEC

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Black Powder shooting
« on: June 12, 2024, 11:04:20 PM »
Curious? How many shooters out there who started into muzzle loading from watching Daniel Boone and Jeremiah Johnson started out with a T/C Hawken? I have a feeling there would be very little interest now in flintlock/caplock muzzleloader shooting if it wasn't for the T/C Hawken. I heard they produced close to 3/4 million rifles before Smith and Wesson stopped production! Still have my 54 cal that I built from a kit in 1979  ;D

Offline Hawg

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Re: Black Powder shooting
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2024, 12:08:22 AM »
Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett. My first bp gun was an 1858 Remington in 1969. In 1970 I bought a .45 caliber Kentucky rifle. I don't remember what brand it was, probably CVA. I never could get the thing to spark except once in awhile and it turned me off of flinters for many years. I didn't know what I was doing tho and didn't have anybody to teach me so most of it was probably my fault. After that I bought an Investarms Hawken.

Offline Mike payne

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Re: Black Powder shooting
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2024, 12:31:10 AM »
I started with tc cap lock 50 Hawken. That was 1974 within a year had a 36 longrifle flintlock never looked back.

Offline D. Taylor Sapergia

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Re: Black Powder shooting
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2024, 09:19:28 PM »
I bought my first bp rifle, a T/C .50 cal. "Hawken" flintlock, in 1972, when I was on a prisoner escort from Masset, QCI BC, to Vancouver, BC.  I stayed with my Aunt and Uncle in Vancouver, and my Uncle provided me with 50 pounds of pure lad that I cast into round balls, placed in an old hard cased suitcase secured with a leather belt, and flew back up north with me.  To this day, I cannot know how I got away with that incredibly heavy suitcase.  But lots of things were different in those days.  I mounted the aircraft in uniform with my sidearm, and my new rifle, and smoked a pipe on board.  The good old days...
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Offline Leatherbark

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Re: Black Powder shooting
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2024, 11:46:45 PM »
In 1975 I received a CVA Kentucky for Christmas from my wife.  She couldn't afford the finished model, so she was able to buy the $79 kit.  I remember I did a fair job of the Birchwood Casey plum brown but forgot to clean off the steel wool whiskers on the stock and put a coat of Tru-oil on it.  When it dried you could see little pieces of steel wool in the finish LOL.  It looked like Mr. Magoo put it together. All I had was a pocketknife and a sharp screwdriver for a wood chisel and one of those 4-way rasps (which I still have).


Offline Daryl

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Re: Black Powder shooting
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2024, 04:14:51 AM »
Just read Taylor's post and had to chuckle. Yes, THOSE were the days. Bought a .50 TC in '73 when I was in Smithers Detachment. Could have sworn Taylor bought his in 1971. Hed already shot some deer with it by the time I got mine.

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