I was thinking the same thing, wondering if Mr. Kibler's Hawken will be a true reproduction of an original, or a "Hawken re-imagined."Me too. If someone wants a Hawken they'll have to deal with weight. No getting around that if they want a replica.
One of the perks of the weight is a soft recoil.
Well said, Rich. I understand, and agree.I wasn’t thinking about weight alone. I like copying originals without improving them.
The Hawken Shop website does not identify the barrel maker, but it does indicate that they use a 1:48 twist. It appears they only offer these barrels in .54 caliber, 1-1/8" tapering to 1", with a choice of 34" or 36" length.How about the barrels from the Hawken Shop. Are they any better?
Back in the mid70's, when I was in the military, one of my colleagues let me handle his original .52 caliber, percussion halfstock J&S Hawken rifle. The FIRST impression was how heavy it was, close to 12 pounds, with a 36" barrel.If he builds it true to the real Hawken be prepared for a heavy gun. Mine weighs 10 lbs and only has a 32" barrel.
34” is a good compromise. 36” was very common on J&S Hawken rifles. I’m not sure if that included the patent breech.Yes, I wouldn't even consider a barrel longer than the 32" I have. It's heavy enough. I've read the original Hawken went down to a 30" barrel for some buyers.
Wow! It's great to hear directly from The Hawken Shop!The Hawken Shop® offers an historically correct half stock kit generated from original parts and tooling. Not as easy to build as a computer generated kit, but it is the real deal. Delivery is about 4 weeks.
7 grooves, .012-.014 deep with 1X48 twist. Made to our order by Rice Barrel Co. All other components are made in house, locks, trigger group, etc. Eastern maple stocks. Our web site has all the details. ThanksWow! It's great to hear directly from The Hawken Shop!
I would like to know who makes your barrels, and any details you might provide with regard to the rifling, e.g. number and depth of grooves, confirm the rate of twist, and any other details you might think pertinent.