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PEDERSOLI Pedersoli Rocky Mountain Hawken Rifle

The Hawken is a symbol of the period that saw the passage from the long and heavy small caliber Pennsylvania rifles to more practical and powerful Plains rifles, and the definite abandoning of the flintlock for the far more modern percussion system. The strong barrel and the larger caliber, enabled hits on any target with surprising accuracy. This rifle soon became an invaluable friend of Mountain men, and the most famous explorers of the American continent. The Rocky Mountain Hawken is offered in a maple stock with a barrel having seven grooves obtained by broaching, rust brown color finish, steel metal parts. Barrel length 34". Available in .50 caliber and .54 caliber with twist rates of 1 in 48" on the .50 and 1 in 65" on the .54. Right hand only. Overall length: 51-1/4" Weight: 9.9 lbs.
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Is the barrel lined ?

My rifle is still very new ( Fired less then 25 times ) the barrel is 32" long and it is 50 caliber. I was expecting a 34 inch barrel as it states. At any rate with a bore light I can see all the way to the bottom with sides (rifling) appears to be silver in color. I've never had a rifle with a chrome barrel but this does appear to look that way.

Does anyone know more about this model rifle. It is very nice regardless.

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Pedersoli Rocky Mountain Hawken Rifle Item # IK- 21-6296 is not chrome lined. The barrel's material is high carbon steel, the rifling made by broaching and it has a shining appearance due to the polishing.
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The barrel is made from ChromeMoly steel, which is a higher grade of steel that is much less susceptible to rust than the usual high carbon steel barrel. The rifle is the most accurate copy of an original Hawken rifle available today and one you will be proud to pass on to your children. Here's a tip for you. If you will use Hodgdon Triple Seven blackpowder substitute and use patches lubed with Bore Butter, instead of petroleum-based lubes, your clean-up will be much easier. All it takes to clean up is a bore mop of appropriate caliber, soaked in hot soapy water. Work that through the bore 8-10 times - re-wetting with each pass - then run dry patches through it until they come out clean. Apply a light coat of Bore Butter before putting it away and you're all set. Your Pedersoli Hawken is a fine rifle. Take care of it and it will bring you many generations of enjoyment.
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.50cal versus .54cal accuracy with balls

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I see that the .50cal version comes with a faster twist rate of 1 in 48" versus the .54 cal 1 in 65".

If I'm shooting balls, what will be the accuracy difference between the .50cal and the .54cal barrels?

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Jeff
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In theory the slower twist is better because the faster twist overstablizes the ball. An analogy of a tire that is out of balance vibrates more at higher speed would be a valid comparison. Also the faster twist will not allow maximum charges with ball because too much twist at too high of velocity will cause the soft lead ball to slide down the barrel instead of rotate with the rifling. The 1 in 48 is a compromise rifling that I would not want unless I was going to use bullets. It is also limited to what bullets it can stabize also, with sabots and heavy bullets not well.
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Accuracy is not really a function of caliber, though some will claim that certain calibers are inherently more accurate. The shooter must work up a load for each gun, meaning the right quantity of powder, patch thickness, lube type & quantity, and ball diameter.

Being a bit heavier, the .530 or .535 ball will be less susceptible to wind drift than a .490 or .495 ball, all other things equal. A .490 or .495 may have a bit flatter trajectory if the powder volume is the same.

Personally, I like the .54 and have taken 7 mature whitetails in 7 years with my Pedersoli Rocky Mountain Hawken. Despite the 1-65 twist, mine will shoot a Hornady Great Plain bullet equally as well as a patched roundball and I have used both in mine with wonderful success.
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What threads are on the .50 cal nipple?

I just bought one of these form you and want to have a replacement on hand. Thanks.
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The nipple thread is quite common 1/4"-28UNF.
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The Pedersoli Rocky Mountain Hawken Rifle, item number IK-216296, uses a nipple with 1/4 x 28 threads, such as item IK-210268.
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Your Pedersoli Hawken rifle has a nipple thread size of 1/4 x 28 and it take a #11 percussion cap.
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what size nipple wrench should be used for this rifle?

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The Pedersoli Rocky Mountain Hawken Rifle, Item # IK-216296, uses a #11 nipple wrench.
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it is a # 11 but the nipple wrench I have for a #11 is not deep enough. It seems the nipple on this rifle is a bit longer. I am in the process of getting a spare nipple and the proper size wrench from a dealer I found on the Pedersoli web site. They are in Ma.
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#11 Nipple Wrench

Standard #11 nipple wrench available from Cabela's
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on the description of the rifle it stands Right hand only but what will happen if a left handed used it?

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The Pedersoli Rocky Mountain Hawken Rifle, Item # IK-216296, can be shot left handed, but the hammer is on the wrong size to easily cock.
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First, the cheek piece is on the left side of the stock, so it's designed for a right handed shooter. It wouldn't be comfortable or come on target quickly for a lefty.

Second, since this is a cap-lock, your hammer and nipple are on the wrong side for a south-paw. You'd be looking right into the back of the hammer and also have your hand holding the stock in the wrong place to cock it.
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Nothing bad! If you were in the Military you learned how to shoot right or left handed! The cap will not be a big deal, just keep your face off of it and cock the hammer with your left thumb. Remember its better then Hot Brass going down your shirt.
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I agree fully with Spikebuck, plus barrel wedges on this rifle are left to right which means your palm will rest on the end of the wedge instead of wedge head. That could make the rifle uncomfortable to shoot.
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If a lefty uses this right hand muzzleloader, loaded properly the rifle should still shoot...!

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I'm left handed and I've had no problems. I do wear safety glasses as anyone shooting a black powder firearm should.
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