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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: New Tripoli,Pa.
First time shooting under my belt
Finally picked up my Dad's TC Hawken yesterday, got all the stuff for it. Stopped at Dixon's on my way home to let them look it over. I thought the frizzen was a little worn, but they told me it was fine and I just needed a new flint since the TC ones are no good they claimed. He threw it on for me and away I went to the range. Never loaded a muzzleloader before, never fired one. No problems loading it, my fathers possibles bag has everything I needed and the guys at Dixons went over everything with me (Those guys are the best if you already didnt know). Considering I havent fired something with open sites since I was a little guy more than 20 years ago. Set up at 50 yards, pulled the set trigger, barely touched the front trigger and BOOM. Wow is that sucker sensitive. Damp patch down the barrel, then load it again......misfire. Another pull of the trigger, pan went off but no shot. Cleaned out the flash hole and reprimed. Another good shot. Then a cleaning patch and third shot. Wife is on my cell telling me to get my butt home. Looked and a nice 3 inch group about 3 inches to the right, I was actually shocked I was even able to hit the paper. I tell ya I dont remember shooting something so darn fun, there's something about preparing the charge then firing it (and wondering if the gun is gonna go off) and having it actually hit the kill zone thats very rewarding. Well gonna clean it today with soap and water, then maybe sight it in better by moving the front sight a smidge.
BTW shooting a .490 round ball with 70 grains FF and a .015 patch.
Can't wait to get out there, wish I could go with you guys on the 2nd.
2017-Working on the house has replaced hunting and fishing