Inexpensive BP rifle?


September 26, 2008, 12:29 AM
Who makes an inexpensive black powder rifle? My friend has a percussion cap .54 hawken rifle with a synthetic stock. i think he only paid about 150 for it. Im looking for something along those lines.

I like the Hawken style and like the percussion cap over flintlock or shotgun primers.

Can anyone recommend an inexpensive rifle? Its really just something to have fun with out at the shooting range. It doesnt have to be pretty. and if i can hit a paper plate at 100 yards I'll be happy.

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4v50 Gary
September 26, 2008, 01:04 AM
Go to a Rendezvous. You can find used factory made smokepoles at a good price.

September 26, 2008, 01:25 AM
Where are those in Virginia? I'd prefer to get something new if possible.

September 26, 2008, 10:34 AM
Try pawn shops. Get the yellow pages and call them all up. $100 should get you a Hawken.

Or try NO FFL needed (check your local laws) for BP.

Good luck and let us know how your hunt goes!

September 26, 2008, 10:40 AM
You'd be hard pressed to find a new traditional style MuzzleLoader for under $200.00 since most every company out there is shoving those inline types all over the place but a few weeks ago I did see a used Springfield Hawken rifle .50 caliber for around $90.00 at the local Pawn shop here in Fredericksburg.

September 26, 2008, 10:02 PM
The Lyman Deerstalker or Trade Rifle is about as inexpensive as it gets for a new rifle. Mind you, I wouldn't be too concerned about buying used. It takes a lot of abuse to damage a modern firearm of any kind. Usually not cleaning a BP rifle properly.

September 26, 2008, 11:23 PM
CVA or Traditions Try gun broker. Just type in Hawken or Mountain Rifle, BOBCAT,Mountain stalker, Plains rifle

September 26, 2008, 11:29 PM

Rifle shown with optional receiver sight and globe front. For $275, it comes with primitive sights and an adjustable replacement rearsight.

Hard to beat Midsouth on the Lyman's.

Paid $202 for mine in '04.

September 27, 2008, 12:47 AM
Look for a good used one. In last week I got a Traditions Ky rifle flintlock It needs a ram rod . 45 bucks A hawkins with a scope 50 and a new Traditions 50 Deer ? 50cal for 125 . First 2 dealer doesn't like BP unless inline Last from a dealer selling out to retire.

Ray P
September 27, 2008, 09:10 PM
Right now, I think the best deal going is an H&A underhammer from Blue Grouse Black Powder ( Really neat canoe gun (!

I'm partial to traditional smokepoles over the inlines. I have bought new, and used over the years; either way you can usually find some good deals at gun shows, gunstores, and online.

September 27, 2008, 09:20 PM
Underhammers are very nice guns if you can find one, but Blue Grouse hasn't delivered any underhammers for a long time now.

Ray P
September 27, 2008, 09:32 PM
Thanks, Articap! I was planning on contacting them at the end of Oct for the canoe gun. Too bad.

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