That John Brown Hawken is a magnificent example of a great rifle showing hard use. Too bad it can't talk. Wow!
It was stolen after a gun show in Texas. I would never have let it out of my sight, but Jeff did like to show it off. Probably in a ditch in Mexico, only a few knew it was Beckworth's. Pretty sad. Lots of fallout from that theft (a trailer load of goods), some real heartbreak.Stolen? Where did you get that info?
That is unfortunate and a little ironic. There was a gun stolen from a private collection museum owned by Jim Gordon in NM a number of years ago and the owner of the above rifle, Jeff hengesbaugh, helped find and get the thief prosecuted.
Edit: I now see that you've been to Gordon's museum, lucky duck!
I would like to have had more time. We were kind of hustled through, just too much to see in two hours. My first scratch built hawken was a copy of the Mariano Modena Hawken, which is there, as is his shooting pouch. I was so slack-jawed at what I saw in person I forgot to take pictures - thankfully a friend has pics and measurements of that bag, which will be a winter project for me.I had the pleasure of visiting the Cody museum several years back. It turned in to a two day visit to get through the entire museum. I would love to do it again. Great pictures.
That photo david-58 posted of the Beckwourth rifle was taken in Jefff Hengesbaugh's office. And anent (I've been waiting to use that word) the Liver-Eating Johnson Hawken, I handled, measured and photographed it at the Cody Museum in December 2018.
That is GREAT info. Thank you. I thought that 56 cal was odd. Many curators are used to mic-ing the bore to see wear and are totally unaware of the relieved bores on muzzleloaders.That photo david-58 posted of the Beckwourth rifle was taken in Jefff Hengesbaugh's office. And anent (I've been waiting to use that word) the Liver-Eating Johnson Hawken, I handled, measured and photographed it at the Cody Museum in December 2018. The barrel is 1.3 inches wide at the snail and 1.218 at the muzzle. The muzzle was .583 in diameter. I ran sized bore-gauges down the bore (which was good) and it measured .537, or .54 caliber. All Hawkens I have seen have some muzzle relief. The curator puts a tapered bore-gauge into the muzzle (there was one on the table) and they think that is the bore. It ain't. I gave the Curator the correct bore diameter, which he ignored. I measured the twist at one inch in 50.8 inches, which is really one in 48 inches. Notice the patina of the relieved bore.
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Not to mention measuring land-to-land vs. groove-to-groove vs. land to groove! My head spins!That is GREAT info. Thank you. I thought that 56 cal was odd. Many curators are used to mic-ing the bore to see wear and are totally unaware of the relieved bores on muzzleloaders.
That barrel is a HUNK of steel however.
They are "experts" and hate to be proven wrong.
I saw that rifle when we visited the Museum of the West. Your picture turned out better than the ones I tried to take.The first photo is the 56 cal Hawken owned by "Liver Eating" Johnson. Bottom rifle in picture of 3. Blow up the picture to read caption under rifle. It can be found at the Cody Museum in Cody Wyoming. Note the massive amount of metal around the bore!
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