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My traditions hawken .50 cal. This was not a kit but I installed traditional fixed sights and completely reshaped the stock. Now it fits me great!

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Lock was originally a flintlock...but converted before being installed on this rifle.

Notice the low rear sight

Notice the low front sight

My Henry Leman Percussion Trade Rifle circa late 1830's - 1870's
Very popular rifle of the time period...and very different than modern so called replicas.
Andy
 
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F.E. Seiferth made "Plains Rifle " circa 1840's -1860's .50 caliber

Back action percussion lock

Cap box

So called "wear plate "

Side plate and if ya look close ...you can see "St. Louis" stamped on the barrel.

Neat old rifle ...still gets shot from time to time,
Andy
 
.45 caliber Flintlock American Long Rifle.
Made by Loren "Doc" Brown in 1973.
Given to me , by him a few years ago.

Kibber lock*...hand carved curly maple stock with engraving ...brass and silver inlays also engraved.
While not a true replica of any historic rifle...this rifle looks right at home in the 1800 - 1830s era.

Excellent looking and excellent shooting rifle for sure.
Andy
* Kibber...1960's / 70's era lock...not a current Kibler lock.....

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.45 caliber Flintlock American Long Rifle.
Made by Loren "Doc" Brown in 1973.
Given to me , by him a few years ago.

Kibber lock...hand carved curly maple stock with engraving ...brass and silver inlays also engraved.
While not a true replica of any historic rifle...this rifle looks right at home in the 1800 - 1830s era.

Excellent looking and excellent shooting rifle for sure.
Andy

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Absolutely gorgeous!
 
My moniker here (assignment of which came to me in the military) may wrongly convey that my muzzleloader knowledge and experience is not dwarfed by others here.

My only two such rifles are Thompson Hawkens. I have learned (the long and hard way) enough to make both of them shoot very well.

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Thompson Center Hawken, .45 Caliber. A kit gun that with experimentation and Tang/Globe sights became entirely adequate for a 175yd shot on a nice Pronghorn.

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ALMOST a clone. A Thompson "Varminter". This rifle started life as a garage-sale .50 caliber. That barrel was sold to an elk hunter in need, and the barrel channel opened to allow for a Green River round-ball .36 caliber heavy barrel. A patched .351 ball is driven to around 2000fps. 100 yd accuracy at 1.16" average. My Sage Rat rifle. The .22 guys might pull the trigger more often, but I stay busier. :cool:
 
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The little rifle I just finished has an 18", 9mm barrel.
What thickness is your patch? I'm using a .32 cal. round ball with a .010 patch and 30gr of FFG.
The second shot is really tight to load and I have to stop and swab out the barrel for the the third.
 

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