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#1849784 - Wed Aug 18 2010 10:36 AM T/C Thunderhawk
egward Offline
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Registered: Thu Oct 15 2009
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Loc: Quakertown, PA
Anyone have anything nice to say about the Thunderhawk? Bought a canoe off a guy & he threw in a .50 cal T/C to seal the deal. I bought a Flamethrower conversion kit to use 209 primers but before I spend anymore $ on rings, scope, powder and balls, I'd like to know what people have to say about it. I realize this is an older gun, but it's a Thompson. My experience w/ T/C is nothing but good. Very accurate guns.

#1849844 - Wed Aug 18 2010 11:22 AM Re: T/C Thunderhawk [Re: egward]
LONEWOLF5347 Offline

Registered: Wed Dec 18 2002
Posts: 1895
I shoot a t/c thunderhawk with the wood stock all I have to say man this gun can shoot.I use the t/c flame thrower nipple #11 no need for 209 primers.
I have the gun now for maybe 10 years it has never let me down.
I been in rain,sleet, snow storms and always fired when I need it it.
I really don't use it that much but all I can say I will not part with it.
I shoot 85 grains of triple 777 behind a 375 gr. buffalo HPBT sabot and no deer has walk away from this load.

#1849878 - Wed Aug 18 2010 11:46 AM Re: T/C Thunderhawk [Re: LONEWOLF5347]
egward Offline
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Loc: Quakertown, PA
Wow. Sounds like I got a good canoe AND a good shootin' iron. The wood stock does look nice. Looks like I'll be spending some quality time with it on the shootin' bench this weekend.

#1849887 - Wed Aug 18 2010 11:53 AM Re: T/C Thunderhawk [Re: LONEWOLF5347]
burk313 Offline
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Registered: Sun Jan 28 2001
Posts: 2575
Loc: Chambersburg,Pa
I have a 54 cal Thunderhawk Carbine and a 58 cal Firehawk rifle..Both are very nice guns..Get yourself a cheaper scope.I use Mcstar scopes which I get on EBAY at good prices.They are clear and accurate. Buy some Remington 209 Muzzleloader primers which shoot accurate and reduce the crud ring in the bore caused by 209 shotshell primers.. Get some triple 7 loose powder either 2F or 3F.. Buy some Hornady SST bullets 250 grain with sabots and try the new Barnes spitfire-TEZ expander 250 grain bullets..Shoot both at 50 yards then 75 yards then 100 yards to see which is most accurate..Start at 90 grains powder then try 100 grains to see which is most accurate at 100 yards.When you clean the gun just use hot water and it is easy to disassemble.. BUT be sure to dry it quickly or rust can show up.

#1849932 - Wed Aug 18 2010 12:36 PM Re: T/C Thunderhawk [Re: burk313]
egward Offline
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Loc: Quakertown, PA
Rust, yes! I must have run 50 patches down the barrel last night and they're still coming up dirty. Simmons just sent me a free Prosport 3x9-40(actually they're replacing a broken scope I sent them). That should work. Already have the Triple 7, but have never used Hornady SST. The more I learn about this older model T/C, the more I like it.

#1849950 - Wed Aug 18 2010 12:50 PM Re: T/C Thunderhawk [Re: egward]
burk313 Offline
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Registered: Sun Jan 28 2001
Posts: 2575
Loc: Chambersburg,Pa
Hornady SST are new saboted bullets.I have not shot them yet from my guns but heard alot of good things on accuracy.Go to a big gun shop in your area and get them ordered in.I think I got mine at Dicks sporting goods.Get some low power muzzleloader primers either Remington or Winchester..

#1850109 - Wed Aug 18 2010 02:49 PM Re: T/C Thunderhawk [Re: burk313]
LONEWOLF5347 Offline

Registered: Wed Dec 18 2002
Posts: 1895
the best way to fly is to get harvester crush rib sabot and get a box of hornady 240 XTP Mg or the 300 gr XTP mag:
powder charge with these bullet need to be close to 100 grains of triple 777 for the bullet to mushroom.
The light XTP 240 and the 300 gr. bullet will work excellent but with charges around 80 to 90 grains:
I find t/c barrel are tight .501 are at the top diameter for a bullet sabot diameter getting them down the bore with out pounding them.

#1865074 - Mon Aug 30 2010 08:57 AM Re: T/C Thunderhawk [Re: egward]
Landngroove Offline

Registered: Tue Jan 25 2005
Posts: 80
Loc: Vermont, U.S.A.
I have 2 Thunderhawk carbines, .50, and .54. Both shoot T/C Maxi Balls, and T/C Maxi Hunters accurately. A green (.50), or white (.54) Hornady sabot with a Hornady FTX, .44, 225 grain bullet also shoot well. I use 90 grains of Goex FFG with all loads. I also found that using 209 primers decreased my accuracy in these ML's. I find that using # 11, or musket caps, my groups tighten up. These T/C Thunderhawks, as well as Firehawks have a 1 in 38" twist rate. Primarily conical shooters. When shooting saboted bullets try to use 250 grain or less bullets. The slower twist rate (1-38") does not stabilize longer, heavier bullets well.


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