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Old 01-03-2010, 06:45 PM   #1
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Default Thompson Center muzzleloader

my great uncle has offered to sell me his thompson center muzzleloader. i did a little reasearch on it and i believe its a thompson center hawken or hawkin, its a .54 caliber. its mine for 275, now i dont know much about muzzleloaders other than inline, flintlock, and percussion, this one is a percussion. How much are these worth?

this is just a picture i found on the internet of what it looks like

http://www.stouffersauctionco.com/Sportsman%2010-07/DSC04126.jpg

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Pictures, man, pictures.

And welcome to the forum. How about stopping by the introduction thread and tell us a little about yourself.

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I assume you'll get all the "possibles" along with the rifle? If so it's a very fair price for it.

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Tell him you'll give him $250. Seems like a fair price.

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It's a TC Hawken alright. 1 in 48 twist, .005 depth rifling. Will shoot patched round ball or conical. They're and accurate rifle with either PRB or Conical once the proper load for each is found.

It is not a 'true' copy of a Hawken Rifle, but it is American made. $275 is a fair price for it, and depending on who is looking for one they can go higher. It's not a cheaply made rifle - these were built stout to take the riggors of all hunting situations you may encounter.

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/any clue as to what the load for conical might be? I believe he shots around 120

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Your best bet is to test some different loads, but if he said he was getting good accuracy from 120 grains then the work is done and you should give it a try.

However, if you're not sure, a good starting point is IMHO 90 grains and work up from there - 5 grains at a time,,, or if you want to take a short cut go 10 grains at a time, but 5 grain increases are more telling.

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I shoot a T/C Renegade in .50. They are great rifles. Everyone is charging after the in-line 209 primed, but the T/C will put a bullet exactly where you aimed it. I cast my own 50 maxi's, and they will flat roll a good sized deer OVER. Need a manual? Here ya go- Manuals - Thompson/Center

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