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T/C .50 caliber Hawken Flintlock

I have a T/C .50 caliber Hawken Flintlock from my father and I would like to take it out this flintlock season.My dad bought this gun in the 1970 era and belonged to the fort erie muzzle loader club.I have an unopened can of meteor 3F black powder and .50 caliber maxi balls,some 4F powder and lube for the bullets.I would appreciate any suggestions on what loads to use and if the components I have that are 40 years old are still safe to use.I have some experience in muzzle loading,but limited to modern inline rifles. Thanks in advance.

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Re: T/C .50 caliber Hawken Flintlock

mine loves 90gr of 3f and 245 gr hollow point power belts first investment i would buy is a brass ramrod other than that you should be good to go.....if the powder was kept dry and it is unopened id shoot it

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Re: T/C .50 caliber Hawken Flintlock

I have a TC Renegade. Same as the hawkin, but without the brass trim. I shoot 70gr of 2f with a .490" round ball and a .015" patch. I'm not a very good shot with it, but I can still hit a paper plate most every shot at 50 yards with that load.
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Re: T/C .50 caliber Hawken Flintlock

I took it out and bench shot at 50 yards with 90 grains of 3F,it hit 3.5 inches high.I shot the next with 80 grains and it hit 2.5 inches high.I weighed the maxi balls and they are 370 Grains with perfect round holes on the paper target.It took 3 trys to get enough spark to ignite the 4F in the pan on the first shot, second shot was instant ignition.It was a good starting point ,now to make it a more reliable ignition.
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Re: T/C .50 caliber Hawken Flintlock

Try black English flints and you may want to replace the frizzen with a Lyman frizzen. They require a little fitting but seem to be better choice than a TC .
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thanks for the advice guys!
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How much primer are you putting in the flash pan? Should only be about 1/3. If you fill it more then 1.2 it slows down the firing.
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Re: T/C .50 caliber Hawken Flintlock

I am putting in about 3/4 full,I will put less in next time.I am not getting a consistent good spark from the flint and frizzen,my dad likes to keep things oily in storage,LOL.I think I will get some newer flints the ones I have seem oily and chipped.I will use alcohol to clean the frizzen.Keep the tips coming guys,I really appreciate your responses.I tell you what,I have not been this excited for a season to start before,This flintlock stuff is addictive.This is gonna be a real challenge.I have so much to learn!
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Re: T/C .50 caliber Hawken Flintlock

Some good reading for a new comer.

http://www.cherrytreefamily.com/muzzledixon.htm

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Re: T/C .50 caliber Hawken Flintlock

Been using 370 gr Maxi's with 90grs. FF in my T/C Hawken for many years. Sighted in, dead on at 65 yds. cuts the top of a 3" bullseye at 30yds and the bottom at 100yds. Penetration is outstanding, Never used anything else.

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