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MaineMan 04-29-2011 01:13 PM

54 Hawken
 
I bought a 54 cal Hawken rifle from Cabelas and took it out shooting couple weeks ago. I'm using CCI caps and 777 powder. It shoots good and I had a lot of fun with it, but there were a few times that the cap did not go off. I would drop the hammer the second time and it would fire.

Do you guys think that I didn't have the cap seated well, or is there another problem?

Hawg 04-29-2011 02:36 PM

It sounds like a seating problem. Caps are not pressure sensitive so don't be afraid to put a little extra pressure on them. Or You can use a wooden dowel to seat them and some people let the hammer down and use the hammer to seat them.

W. C. Quantrill 07-14-2011 10:48 PM

Is your hammer coming down to rest on the nipple, gudentite?

Seen Anderson lately, Hawg?

Hawg 07-17-2011 10:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by W. C. Quantrill (Post 541391)
Is your hammer coming down to rest on the nipple, gudentite?

Seen Anderson lately, Hawg?

Seed him just t'other day Cap. Sed he wuz a goin ta look you and Arch up and see bout takin a lil trip ta Kansas.

Ed21 07-20-2011 10:43 PM

Maineman,

Check out:
1. Are you using the correct caps? there are different sizes. generally, one can but size 10 (10.5) which are used on revolvers usually. These woud fit very snug on a rifle nipple and might require the second strike of the hammer to go off. You probably need to get size 11 caps to work correctly. I'm sure you ar not using musket caps which are very large.

2. Check out the hammer striking surface to ensure it strikes the cap. May be able to use a dremmel to correct any flaws.

3. Does the hammer rest square on the nipple. If not, must have a smith heat and bend hammer to align it square on nipple.

MaineMan 07-21-2011 01:22 PM

Thanks for the tips, I'm using #11 caps

Ed21 07-22-2011 03:18 PM

If none of that works, have the hammer main spring replaced. Next would possibly be a new lock.

Before that, take some emery paper and take some off of the nipple all the the way around.

Good luck.

Hawg 07-23-2011 01:25 PM

It shouldn't matter much if the hammer doesn't strike square. If the cap fires on the second strike it's not the spring, it's a seating problem. It could be possible the caps you're using are too tall for the nipple in which case a different brand of caps or a new nipple are in order. Different brands of caps are different sizes. here's a chart that shows cap dimensions. It's not set in stone because they sometimes differ slightly between lots.
http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y26...f/CapSizes.jpg

W. C. Quantrill 07-24-2011 09:51 PM

You need ta head up to Indian territory there, soldier, and hook up with those boys and come on up Wichita way, we need to go finish what we started.

Hawg 07-24-2011 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by W. C. Quantrill (Post 549185)
You need ta head up to Indian territory there, soldier, and hook up with those boys and come on up Wichita way, we need to go finish what we started.

Hopefully be headed up Kansas way in Nov. Cap.


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