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FrontierGander
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PostSubject: Brother in law shot the Hawken today!   Brother in law shot the Hawken today! EmptyAugust 14th 2016, 1:45 am

He did PERFECT! ZERO issues with him giving me a hard time, the rifle loaded and shot beautifully, light recoil and most importantly, he had zero issues with the sights. This SOB on his last shot actually got into the kneeling position, split the 3" bulls eye in half with the front sight and nailed the bulls eye directly 12 o clock! OFF HIS KNEE! He couldn't believe how accurate the rifle was for an old design and open sights.

I brought 10 charges out and we only used half of them because he got bored and wanted to sight his Strikerfire in. That rifle too is ready to go!

Traditions Hawken Woodsman .50cal - 160gr Thor Control Fracture Ballistic Tip, 90gr Pyrodex RS
Traditions Strikerfire .50cal - 250gr Thor Ballistic Tip, 100gr Blackhorn209

Brother in law shot the Hawken today! IMG_7639
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Hes completely happy!
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Next time out, we're trying to try some Jim Shockeys Gold super sticks in the Strikerfire and see how she does. It really likes a fouled bore, but it takes 5 or 6 shots with BH209 to get a nice layer that does well. We'll see. Hes set on using the Hawken for sure since it was so easy.

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PostSubject: Re: Brother in law shot the Hawken today!   Brother in law shot the Hawken today! EmptyAugust 14th 2016, 1:50 am

Almost forgot!

To help tame recoil, I took a bag and put 1 1.5lbs of lead shot in, duck taped it and slid it into the stock. The rifle now weighs 8 lbs 10.5oz and kicks a lot easier on you. The barrel doesn't jump up off the rest now.
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PostSubject: Re: Brother in law shot the Hawken today!   Brother in law shot the Hawken today! EmptyAugust 14th 2016, 8:08 am

Speaking of "taming the recoil", After listening to all you experts, I tried my Bulls Bag and a Protektor stock rest and I my shoulder was hurting!  Instead of 1 1/2 lbs of weight I'm thinking about "50 lbs." of lead shot on my barrel would be better.  Very Happy  Going back to my Lead Sled for sure.

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PostSubject: Re: Brother in law shot the Hawken today!   Brother in law shot the Hawken today! EmptyAugust 14th 2016, 12:47 pm

This is probably not needed, but...

If you ain't snugged up? You are gonna get some extra 'slap.' 
You may not even be aware you have lightened up on your snug 
so check yourself.

I very rarely am troubled by recoil, but my Dad taught me with an extra 
grouchy, malicious, old 12 Gauge. I snug now out of automatic reflex. 

The other day, I did not. And laughed at myself when I got 'slapped' by my 
Kentucky Long rifle cheek piece. I had been warned it could happen and had 
wondered what all the fuss was about. Now I know.

When I snug, I rarely have recoil trouble for range days under 200 rounds 
and then only the .300 Win Mag I sold or my Garand will generally bother me.

Unless I am prone... Then, for some reason, I hurt.

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