I can't argue with that! I remember those rifles, although I never owned one. It was the best looking out-of-the-box "Hawken" T/C ever produced, in my opinion. I think one of those sold from the classifieds on this forum some time last year.The custom shop Hawken from 1994 is highly desired. It came with premium walnut, no patch box and all blued steel hardware.
A really handsome rifle.
Marriages run best with strong command and control, I have been a Spec. 5 for 40 years……out ranked, just like when I got drafted in ‘70…works fine for me…..wouldn’t have it any other way.Dale, one thing I've learned after 41 years with the same gal is that a fellow should always listen to his wife! As they say, "A happy wife is a happy life!" If the lady wants you to keep them, that's the thing to do.
As for the question posed in the original post, there may not be a single, definite answer, but as we have seen, there are a lot of opinions. For me, the two most desirable T/C firearms would be the Seneca and the Cleland match rifle. I'm lucky enough to own a Seneca in .45 caliber, but the Cleland continues to elude me.
The Seneca is not just a scaled-down Hawken. The Seneca is in fact smaller and lighter than the T/C Hawken, and available in smaller calibers, but it is more refined and infinitely more graceful. The nosecap and trigger guard on the Seneca "flow" better with the lines of the stock. The hammer and snail are both more aesthetically pleasing. However, the Seneca is also a shooter. It gives up nothing to the Hawken in handling or "shootability."
I've never actually handled a Cleland match rifle. I understand these were only produced in small quantities, but the concept behind this rifle's design is a good one... Give people a practical, range-ready, dedicated target and match rifle at a reasonable price.