TC Grey Hawk: Opinions and advice..


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GunNut
March 6, 2004, 12:40 AM
I'm thinking about picking up a .50cal muzzleloader for range use and possibly elk hunting.

I looked at a TC Grey Hawk at a local gun dealer and was kind of impressed by the feel of it. He wanted $329 for the gun, but I have found new Grey Hawk's online for around $225/shipped.

Who has or had this gun? What did you like or dislike?

How does it shoot?

Any other sight options available?

Look forward to your comments.

Thanks,
Steve

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Poodleshooter
March 10, 2004, 06:16 PM
I have one. Want it? :)
I like the stainless steel construction. I have never seen a speck of rust on it. The action is durable and the trigger is decent. Machining and finish on it are far superior to CVA's and even Lymans that I've owned. Accuracy from it is pretty good, but tends to be better with roundballs due to the 1-48" twist. Ignition is ok for about 5 rounds with CCI #11 caps and Pyrodex,then degrades to hangfires if the drum isn't swabbed. Use of real black powder, or musket caps or 209 primers (fusil) with Pyrodex give very reliable fire.
My gripe is personal- I don't like the sights. The T/C's use a shallow v type rear sight combined with a beaded blade front sight which I have a terrible time aligning vertically. Consequently, I string shots up and down the target. It's hard to find replacement sights for the T/C rifles other than the Hawken because they used non-standard screw holes when they mounted them. Basically, unless you retap the sights or notch a dovetail, there's the Williams firesights and the T/C peep sight. I've contemplated those,but haven't been able to compare the Williams set yet. I'd really like to mount something like the basic patridge & square U blade style-more traditional.
If you handle one and like the sights, I'd say go for it. Most parts interchange with the T/C New Englander,BTW, so you can even convert it to a shotgun if you want.

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