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Can you scope a Thompson White Mountain carbine?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by rajb123, Apr 5, 2012.

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  1. rajb123

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    I have a Thompson White Mountian carbine in 50 cal. which is a cap gun. This gun has an eight (8) flat sided (octigon??) barrel.

    Since my eyes are not what they were when I bought the gun 20 years ago, I would consider scoping it, if possible.

    Is this an option? Are there scope rails that can be used or must the gun be drilled and tapped?

    Apparently, NY allows scoped BP guns for hunting during BP season....
     
  2. rajb123

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    One other question:

    Can I use a scope designed for a rimfire gun, say a Nikon Prostaff 4x? The objective on this scope is set at 50 yards, so, from an optics point of view (no pun intended), it should be OK for a BP gun; right?

    I suppose the question would be if the Nikon rimfire scope can handle the recoil of a BP gun?
     
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    Your Nikon rimfire scope would be able to handle the recoil.
    The problem is finding the mount that fits the existing holes, and doesn't interfere with the hammer.
    There use to be mounts available that fit the existing holes but some companies may no longer offer them and I'm not sure which company's mounts will work as advertised.
    One thread mentions that the Hawken sight base will fit the White Mountain Carbine, so they must have the same receiver and holes.

    One company to inquire with is Ironsighter but check to make sure which mount doesn't require any drilling and tapping.

    http://www.ironsighter.com/c-188-thompson-center.aspx

    The last post in this thread also mentions other companies that use to sell one:

    http://www.huntingnet.com/forum/black-powder/322828-scope-t-c-white-mountain-carbine.html
     
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    Never liked the looks of a scope on a caplock and the White Mountain carbine is one trim, good looking and easy carrying little smokepole. By adding bulk & weight and making it tough to wrap your hand around, the scope would kind of ruin that.

    I've got the old-eyes problem too and have found aperture sights to be the answer. Peering through a small hole sharpens vision considerably. TC's tang mounted sights are small, trim and adjustable plus they don't add to the bulk of the rifle.

    Ebay always seems to list a few TC aperture sights. I think your cabine will need the version used on the Hawken and the Renegade. It'll have a flat base.
     
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