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Cabelas (Investarm) .54 flintlock Hawken

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Totally refinished Cabelas Hawken here.

I bought it as a 'finished' kit rifle. Unfortunately it looked like it'd been finished by a very slow 12 year old with no wood or metalworking experience.

I've stripped off the horrible Browning & given it a light grey 'antique' patina. The stock has been re-inlet for everything. This means that the wood to metal fit isn't perfect, but the gaps are at least even all around the metalwork!

The lock has been timed & tuned to fire perfectly every time with Rich Pierce 5/8" English flints. the touch-hole was reamed out to 5/32" & coned inside & out for ultra fast, reliable ignition.

I've refinished the stock with a mixture of leather dyes & a single coat of Tru-Oil. It's waterproof, but still has a nice matt-satin finish.

Unfortunately, the barrel was junk when I bought it. The last inch behing the muzzle was a rust, pitted wreck. So I've lopped it off, milled it flat, re-crowned the muzzle & re-fit the front sight into a fresh dovetail & re-fit the underrib.

I replaced the standard, hardly adjustable Investarms triggers with a set of RE Davis double set triggers. Unset, the pull is a hunting friendly 4½lb. Set the trigger & it breaks like a glass rod at 4oz.

The rear sight has been switched out from the horrible adjustable box affair, for a nice, relatively PC full buckhorn. It's sighted absolutely dead-nut at 75yds, 1½" high at 50 & 2" low at 100 with 85gn of FFFG goex, a .530 ball & .018 ticking lubed with Moose snot.

I'll throw in a few spare flints & a forged vent-pick.

Price:$300.00 with the Davis triggers

$250 with the standard trigger set.

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Edited by TGO David

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