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Kit vs non kit TC Hawkin

Can anyone tell me if there is much difference (quality, accuracy) between a kit and non kit .50 cal TC Hawkin gun? Seeing a couple for sale in the same price range...$350 and don't know much about the differences.
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Re: Kit vs non kit TC Hawkin

A friend had a kit rifle he wanted to trade in to a dealer and up grade. The dealer didn't want to touch the kit rifle. They said original no problem. If you look the kit gun over real good, may or may not be, the same craftsmanship as an original. I'm sure you could fine tune a kit gun. I personally would look for an older original factory gun.
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Re: Kit vs non kit TC Hawkin

A kit TC has the same straight, not affected barrel when sanding, staining, etc. the wood that a factory built TC does. The wood might be shaped a little different, or lock set in the mortice a little shallower or deeper in the kit. but the barrel is still a barrel with cut rifling, and will have its own preferred load, kit or not.

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Re: Kit vs non kit TC Hawkin

Kits are always worth less but the overall value will be determined by the person who does the build.The components between the two would be the same.
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Re: Kit vs non kit TC Hawkin

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Kits are always worth less but the overall value will be determined by the person who does the build.The components between the two would be the same.

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Re: Kit vs non kit TC Hawkin

Thanks guys for the info. Good to know the components that matter are the same between guns.
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Re: Kit vs non kit TC Hawkin

A kit gun is only as good as the skill of the person who finishes it. It is possible to screw up accuracy of a kit. Do a sloppy job installing sights, stripping rear sight screws, (loose/floppy sights.) Installing the barrel tenon to high or low having a loose wedge, a improperly cut lock mortice can slow the lock action. Improper lock to barrel flat fitting allows prime powder to drop into the lock mortice. Ie misfires. On the other hand a few builders actually were skilled enough to create guns that are better than factory guns.
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