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Mustlovedogs 03-20-2020 12:14 AM

Fat Barrel
I have a 54 Cal Hawken I built many years ago and wanted to use it for Blk Powder season. When trying to sight it in using a lead sled as a rest it shoots some dead center and then it can't hit the paper at all. Cleaning and or loading the barrel I notice the brush hits a bulge or obstacle 3/4 way down. So it takes extra bush to get it past. So I'm guessing this could be the problem.I tried soaking and solvents but the problem won't clear itself. Where do I take this barrel to have it fixed. Or if I get a new barrel like 50 Cal will it fit my gun correctly and I also had the barrel browned so i'd like it to match the rest of the gun. I would appreciate your help. Thanks

Fyrstyk54 03-20-2020 06:18 AM

First, I would use/get a bore scope to determine what the barrel restriction is all about. It may just require the use of some JB bore paste on a mop with lots of elbow grease to remove the restriction. Second, if you want, you could have the barrel re-bored to a larger caliber. Third, you could go on e-bay or one of the other sites and look for a barrel for your gun in a caliber you would like. Just make sure you get a barrel that fits your gun. I believe the .54 T/C Hawkens guns came with a 1" across the flats barrel, so any Renegade barrel should fit with some minor modifications.

bronko22000 03-24-2020 09:37 AM

You can also contact Bob Hoyt in Fairfield, PA and talk to him. Leave a message because he is extremely busy. He can drill out your barrel and reline it back to .54 or any caliber caliber with the twist of your choice.

Mustlovedogs 04-21-2020 01:15 AM

Thanks for the help. I'm thinking a 50 Cal might be a better answer as the ammo is easier to find.

bronko22000 04-24-2020 08:27 AM

Originally Posted by Mustlovedogs (Post 4374353)
Thanks for the help. I'm thinking a 50 Cal might be a better answer as the ammo is easier to find.

Most get a .50 because of the movies like Jerimiah Johnson hence the reason supplies for it are so available. But don't scoff at the .45 cal. IMO if you got your barrel relined for a .45 and put in a 1:30 of faster twist you will have yourself an accurate muzzleloader that will shoot lights out with conical or saboted bullets.

edmehlig 04-24-2020 01:43 PM

For a 45 I prefer a 1-20" twist, but a 1-30" is fine also.

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