Flintlock Muzzleloaders


August 3, 2008, 03:06 PM
I am looking to purchase a flintlock muzzleloader in the near future and was wondering how would you rate the TC Hawken Flintlock Muzzleloader. Before anyone brings it up, I need a flintlock because the only muzzleloader hunting I can do where I live and when I have time must be done with a flintlock. It will be used for deer. Also, please note which flintlock muzzleloader(s) you would prefer instead of the TC Hawken if you do not feel it is a suitable choice. Thanks.

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August 3, 2008, 04:10 PM
Just a thought. I like the smoothbore guns. I have a Pedersoli .75 calibre Brown Bess Carbine, and it is as accurate as a .12 guage with a slug. I also have the option of loading it as a shotgun for other game. How long a shot do you plan on making???

I got a great deal on my gun or otherwise I would have bought a .20 guage fowler. You get a .60 round ball capability and still have a pretty decent shot-gun.

Original question - TC Hawkin is a decent rifle.

August 3, 2008, 04:47 PM
I plan on making most of my shots within 100 yards. I live in a very wooded area. Thanks for your input.

August 3, 2008, 10:30 PM
I would look around on the auction sites too you can get good deals. I got a custom 1000 dollar flinter with a cracked stock for 300. I would also look at the Lymans too.

August 3, 2008, 10:40 PM

August 4, 2008, 06:49 AM
I did not vote in your poll because I do not own a Thompson Center flintlock. I do have a TC Hawken percussion rifle, and it is an excellent rifle.

I also have a Lyman Great Plains Rifle in .54 cal. I built it from a kit over the winter and have been very pleased with it.

I would think either rifle would be an excellent choice.

August 4, 2008, 03:00 PM
I have owned one but sold it and bought a Lyman GPR Flinter....
much nicer gun in my opinion....much more like the originals,,,,...
But many shooters stand by their TC guns.....not me.

Loyalist Dave
August 4, 2008, 05:42 PM
I have one and the lock was a bit klunky, though it consistantly fired, I thought it a bit slow, even with set triggers. The internal parts are what they are, and extra polishing doesn't help the speed. BUT...., when I retro-fitted an L&R lock, she shot very well indeed.


August 5, 2008, 04:53 AM
My Pedersoli Kentucky flinter was the most accurate rifle "out-of-the-box" I have fired, with a nice quick action. I highly recommend it.

August 5, 2008, 06:23 AM
How about a Cabelas Hawken (Investarms)

August 5, 2008, 08:49 AM
cabelas hawken is a great rifle. I had a lyman great plains and it was a great rifle but every darn screw on it seemed to be made of pot metal and wanted to snap off easily. I sold it and bought a .54cal cva mountain rifle with curly maple stock.

August 5, 2008, 09:19 AM
I own 2 Thompson Hawken Flintlocks ..I`m a round balls shooter and just wasn`t very happy with the stock barrles that came on the Thompson ...I`ve replaced both barrels with GreenMountain drop in barrels ..Now I`m happy with them both ...tack drivers ......Thompson locks are good ..and still have a lifetime warrenty on them ..even if you buy used rifles .
Marineman ..I`ve had 2 custom made Flintlock rifles made for me and the wife ...Just got them a few months ago ..If you are in the market for a good used Thompson Flinter I was planning on selling my 2 Thompsons around the Pa. State deer season ....
Here`s what I have .. 1 Thompson Hawken Flint lock ..50 cal ..like New GreenMountain 1in 70 twist round ball barrel ...425.00 shipped
1 Thompson Flintlock Pa. Hunter ..54 cal Smooth bore ..like New Green Mountain barrel ..375.00 shipped .
If you`d like pictures send me a PM ..I`ll have them ...I wasn`t planning on listing them anywhere untill Oct. ...I`m in no hurry to sell ...They don`t eat anything standing in the gunsafe .

1911 guy
August 9, 2008, 09:52 PM
New TC and old TC locks are slightly different, the newer having slightly better geometry. As far as barrel quality and acuracy, they're pretty good. TC triggers aren't exactly phenomenal, but they are very serviceable for hunting and plinking. They've got a little too much creep for serious target and competition work, though.

August 9, 2008, 10:46 PM
T/Cs flintlocks are a decent production gun. Just don't ever try a flintlock built with a good aftermarket trigger or lock.:cool:

I did, and my T/C flintlock now retains only the original stock. I first added an aftermarket trigger (Davis?), and then an L&R replacement lock, and next came a Green Mountain drop-in slow-twist barrel (the factory barrel was badly rust pitted). The difference is tremendous!

The biggest complaint I had with the T/C was the lock. It was less than reliable as I got it (used). I tuned it a bit, replaced the too-soft frizzen, and it seemed to improve some. I had the itch for something different by then, so I bought the L&R replacement lock. It uses a leaf spring rather than the coil spring of the factory lock, plus it is much more precisely made. With the combination of that and the aftermarket trigger, it is a sweet-shooting gun!

The factory rifle isn't bad, but it's easy to improve upon.

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