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Old April 16, 2014, 07:57 PM   #1
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Hopkinan allen .45 underhammer

Title should read "Hopkin and Allen .45". Sorry bout that.

I have never shot BP, but am interested in trying it.

Was browsing a near y auction and spotted this:


I have a thing for the unique, so that looks like the kind of thing i'd start with.

BUT... Like o said, don't know much about BP shooting.

Would this be a terrible gun to start with?
How much cash should i take to the auction if I want to win it?


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Old April 16, 2014, 10:03 PM   #2
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It's a little bit quirky but it's not a terrible starter gun or anything. The bores are often a bit undersized so if you get it you might measure it and then ask for recommendations on ball size.

They go up on gunbroker now and again, usually for fairly reasonable rates. There were a bunch of different models and the only one recently was a target model http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/Vie...Item=387923062 but that should give you some idea anyway.
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Old Yesterday, 08:36 AM   #3
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Thanks Eljay, good information.

Look like there are two other BP rifles at this auction as well.

A Shiloh Old Reliable .50 cal Sharps, which if my research is correct will not be a cheap gun at all.


And a Mowrey .45 cal muzzleloader from Olney TX, which if my research is correct was a short lived company that did not make the best of products.


Seems the H&A would be the one to target at this auction for my purposes... unless no one shows up and I can get the Shiloh on the cheap!
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Old Yesterday, 08:38 AM   #4
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Paging 25Schaefer. He's rebuilding one now and is developing an underhammer himself.
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