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Hawken smacking me around

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Guvnor, Mar 17, 2010.

  1. Guvnor

    Guvnor Well-Known Member

    I have an investarms hawken. Its a nice gun but it smacks me in the cheek everytime I fire it. If I shoot about a dozen shots, ill actually have a small bruise over my cheekbone the next day.

    None of my shotguns or other rifles do this, so I guess its the hawken stock? Any way to remedy this?

  2. floridaboy

    floridaboy Well-Known Member

    Try a slip on recoil pad, because the stock might be too short for you. If that doesn't help, look for a cheek-piece pad.
  3. MCgunner

    MCgunner Well-Known Member

    When my Mossberg was doing that, I just shimmed the stock and increased drop at comb, fitted the gun to me and it works great now. Can't do that with the Hawken. I have one, too, Investarms, Cabela's Hawken Hunter Carbine. It's very light, 20" barrel, but really doesn't bother me with recoil. It has a nice cheek pad, monte carlo style stock. It also came with a recoil pad and blacked out furniture. It's not very authentic looking, but fits well and works great for a hunter. If yours is a standard stock, you might look around for the hunter stock from Cabelas. I can't tell you it'll fit YOU as well as it does me, though.
  4. pohill

    pohill Well-Known Member

    How many grains of powder are you using? I have a Hawkins .50 and my son has one, too. He's young and strong and uses 80 - 100 grs. I use 60 or so and my accuracy is just as good. Plus, it doesn't hurt as much.
  5. MutinousDoug

    MutinousDoug Well-Known Member

    I'm guessing you are shooting this rifle off a bench?
    Shoot it offhand.
  6. Guvnor

    Guvnor Well-Known Member

    I have the same gun as MCgunner, the "sporterized" hawken except its the full length barrel version. I guess its simply a gun fit issue.

    I use 70 grains and a round ball so recoil is pretty mild already. Yes I am shooting it from a bench. So I will try shooting offhand and see if its any better.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2010
  7. BHP FAN

    BHP FAN Well-Known Member

    You can still shoot sitting.Just remember to rest the rifle,not your elbows.You want to ''ride'' the recoil,not be the brunt of it.
  8. madcratebuilder

    madcratebuilder Well-Known Member

  9. ontarget

    ontarget Well-Known Member

    Definitely, a short stock is your problem.

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