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PostSubject: Tiny caliber Hawken?   January 28th 2014, 7:44 pm

Just thinking forward to my bucket list project, but I am thinking of either a .32 or .36cal Hawken built off my CVA Hawken stock. Wouldn't that be a cool little pea shooter? I have to give DC a call and see if they have barrels and what widths they come in but I really think that will be a cool project for down the road.
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PostSubject: Re: Tiny caliber Hawken?   January 28th 2014, 7:46 pm

Small game gun. Cheap to shoot, and tons of fun.

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PostSubject: Re: Tiny caliber Hawken?   January 28th 2014, 7:55 pm

yep so true.

Its crazy how many barrels you can fit to the cva hawken stock LOL. Now if only they have the barrels available, thats another thing.
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PostSubject: Re: Tiny caliber Hawken?   January 29th 2014, 5:55 am

If you're going to go small go all the way with a .32.

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PostSubject: Re: Tiny caliber Hawken?   January 29th 2014, 6:38 am

Small caliber muzzleloaders are really neat.  Many years ago i had a few small caliber muzzleloaders:  My son has one of them; it fires a patched #1 buckshot.  The gun belonged  to my G-Granddad.  The wooden ramrod broke in about 1974 and sent me to the emergency room.  After that i used a brass ramrod.    Calibers smaller than .36 foul very quickly. 

Have killed a lot of squirrels and rabbits with head shots from my .50 caliber guns.
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PostSubject: Re: Tiny caliber Hawken?   January 29th 2014, 7:36 am

"Calibers smaller than .36 foul very quickly."

And they get front heavy due to the small bore and the extra weight left. 

.36 is as small as I would want to go.

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PostSubject: Re: Tiny caliber Hawken?   January 29th 2014, 11:12 am

I've never seen any muzzleloader make a ball scoot like the .32 does , with 65gr 3F Swiss I chrono'd mine at nearly 2700 fps !
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PostSubject: Re: Tiny caliber Hawken?   January 29th 2014, 11:45 am

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I've never seen any muzzleloader make a ball scoot like the .32 does , with 65gr 3F Swiss I chrono'd mine at nearly 2700 fps !

I bet it did. I only used 75gr of Swiss in a .54 to kill an elk. (PRB)

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PostSubject: Re: Tiny caliber Hawken?   January 29th 2014, 12:22 pm

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And they get front heavy due to the small bore and the extra weight left.

All three of mine had long barrels:  The shortest was 38" long.   The one i that belonged to G-Granddad has a 42" barrel.  They were the most ungainly, unbalanced guns imaginable.  They sure would shoot though.
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PostSubject: Re: Tiny caliber Hawken?   January 29th 2014, 12:28 pm

Yes I found 85 to 90gr Wano sufficient to hunt with in the .54 ....in the .32 I normally only use 40gr 3F Wano and that is good for 2200fps with a 45gr ball.


Mine is the 24" Ardesa Deerhunter , short handy little number !
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PostSubject: Re: Tiny caliber Hawken?   February 1st 2014, 9:39 pm

A .36 or .40 squirrel rifle is on my list of must haves. Look forward to what you come up with. t up
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PostSubject: Re: Tiny caliber Hawken?   February 2nd 2014, 6:06 am

And come up with something he will....we just have to wait patiently  Smile
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