THOMPSON CENTER 54 CALIBER HAWKINS SIDE LOCK BLACK POWER MUZZLELOADER. I'M TOLD THAT THOMPSON CENTER NO LONGER MAKES THE 54 CALIBER. THIS MINT OLD HAWKINS FEAURES HOOKED BREACH, FIRST GRADE AMERICAN WALNUT STOCK, ADJUSTABLE HUNTING SIGHTS, SOLID BRASS FURNITURE, DOUBLE SET ADJUSTABLE TRIGGERS, BUTTON RIFLED BARREL, COLOR CASE HARDENED LOCK AND COIL TYPE MAIN SPRING. THIS OLD 54 CALIBER RIFLE WAS PURCHASED QUITE A WHILE AGO FOR AN ELK THAT NEVER HAPPENED. THIS RIFLE REMAINS IN NEW UNFIRED CONDITION. THERE IS NO RUST OR PITTING OF ANY KIND AND BLUING IS PERFECT AND RATES 99%. OVER THE YEARS THE PAPER WORK GOT MISPLACED BUT THOMPSON SENT ME A NEW BOOKLET ON OPERATION AND LOADING DATA. AS THE PICTURES SHOW THIS RIFLE IS 99% AND BEST OF ALL THIS THOMPSON CENTER GUN CARRYS A LIFE TIME WARRENTY. SHIPPING AND CAREFUL PACKAGING IS $35.00. NO FFL NEED FOR THIS ITEM BUT WILL NEED SOME TYPE OF PHOTO I.D. TO SHIP TO. I PREFER POSTAL MONEY ORDERS AND GUN WILL SHIP SAME DAY. OTHER FORMS OF PAYMENT WELCOME BUT WILL HOLD TILL BANK SAYS OK.
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T/C used two different types of rifling on their 54's. I have a very early Renegade in a 54 cal (serial # 1xxx and I bought it new too) and it has very deep grooves and I have come to find over the years does best with thickly patched RB's. (and let me tell you that a 54 RB's performance on game in field even at some range defies the ballistic charts, it is extremely deadly even at 100 yard or a bit more) Sometime later in production (I am not sure when) they went to a shallower groove that does better with Minni's. What version do you have? They both had a 1/48 twist. The deep groves are about .014 deep and shallow about .006 or .007. I am possible looking for a shallow grove model to go with my deep groove one so I have one gun sighted in for RB's and another for minni's. If you could mic the bore it would help here. BTW, I am a traditional shooter and would not dream of using a inline or a sabot.
John goodevening. I've have a 50 caliber T/C Hawkins just like this one that I got back in the early 1970's and have shot several deer with it with patched round ball one large buck was taken at a little over 110 yards. I took a picture of the muzzle end of this rifle and added the picture, It's at the end. I hope that it answers your question....Thanks Paul
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