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came home with this cva hawkens yesterday

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by murdoc rose, Mar 27, 2010.

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  1. murdoc rose

    murdoc rose Member

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    got this basically for free yesterday though i've wanted it for a while just thought id show it off even though its not too exciting. Haven't got to shoot it yet hopefully within the week though


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  2. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

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    What is it a 45 or 50? Looks good to me.
     
  3. BHP FAN

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    I have the .50. Congrats!
     
  4. mykeal

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    Not too exciting? Heck, I think it's exciting. Fine guns: inexpensive, very good shooters. I like 'em. Congratulations.
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  5. murdoc rose

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    its a 54 :)
     
  6. BHP FAN

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    Even better.Carefull with the patch box.NOT a good idea to smack it on something while it's open.
     
  7. kwhi43@kc.rr.com

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    The Right Stuff

    This ought to get you going the right way right off. Use a .535 round ball,
    blue & white striped pillow ticking .015-.020 Lubed with bore butter, or
    spit if shooting right away. Use Goex FF Black Powder 100 grs. Just make
    sure you have the ball pushed all the way down on the powder. This ought
    to shoot real well.
     
  8. murdoc rose

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    thanks kwhi, i've been told this particular gun likes Thompson sabots, Ill need to get some round balls but I should have everything else, just checked and the caps I have for my cva pistol fit on here too so good there.
     
  9. frontiergander

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    wow thats a beautiful piece of wood on that rifle!!
     
  10. mykeal

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    I believe the ROT on that barrel is 1:48, although there's a chance it's 1:52. In either case it's a compromise twist rate so it should handle both conical and round ball rounds. I agree with kwhi43@kc.rr.com, although I would start at 70 gr and work up to 100 to find the best load. With that twist rate the round balls may like the lighter loads (70-90) and conicals the higher loads (80-100) better.
     
  11. frontiergander

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    1:48 i used to have a 54 hawken as well, they are shooters. Mine held 3" groups @ 100 yards with 80gr rs, .530 round ball and .015 patch. Although i do believe i had switched to .018 pillow tick later on.
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  12. Ohio Gun Guy

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    Looks Nice,

    .54 cal, don't they stop measuring in grains and go to the lbs scale for that? :evil:
     
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    Free is a very good price, congrats. Nice looking smoke pole. I have the TC version in .50 and it's a fun shooter.
     
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