Hello everyone, i guess I should have done this before i started posting. My name is Lewis, i am totally addicted to Front Stuffers! TC's being my weakness. I own a Lyman Great Plains Hunter .54 Cal 1:32" twist, Great rifle! But stil takes a backseat to my TC's, i am a dedicated paper patched bullet shooter (no greasy fingers here!)
My journey into this Muzzleloader stuff started with a little TC New Englander .54 Cal rifle that my dad gave me, when he gave it to me i was grateful, but also had HIGH doubts that i would ever mess with it? It sat in my closet propped up in a corner for several months, one miserable cold winter day i got bored enough to grab that little gun and go try it, i shot it a couple of times and realized it was getting harder to load? (Now remember this is the very first time i had ever shot a Muzzleloader, i knew NOTHING about them) I decided to try and run a dry patch down the barrel and hopefully clear the fouling? i ALMOST got the Ramrod stuck, but i had a rubber palmed glove in my floorboard and that gave me just enough grip to grab the ramrod better and pull harder, I GOT IT OUT! I loaded it back up and shot again, i tried the dry patch again and that time it was STUCK BAD, no budging it, I headed home with a stuck ramrod! I knew i had to clean the rifle so i poured a bit of water down and let it sit a minute or 2 and was able to pull the ramrod, I proceeded to clean the rifle to the best of my knowledge, once clean, dried, and oiled up good i was pretty sure that was the last time that little rifle would ever see outside of my closet again!!
But Me being me, i sat and stewed on it, i kept thinking to myself How do people shoot these darn things at Rendezvous, etc. more than a few times without having to strip the gun down and clean?? I became interested to learn, i started reading everything i could find on the internet, and watching YouTube videos, This is where i found a guy by the name of Idahoron, i watched every YouTube video he had, in one of his videos i watched him shoot out to 300 Yards with a TC Hawken he called the 'Hotrod Hawken' that rifle became an OBSESSION of mine, I WANTED ONE!!! I watched Ron swab between shots, etc. How he cleaned his rifle, etc. I made up my mind i HAD TO TALK TO THIS GUY and see if he would share more info on his setup? We emailed a few times, then i called him, we visited for quite awhile on the phone and Ron shared everything about his set ups with me. I was very grateful for all of Ron's help, and advise in getting me going, since we both live in Idaho i offered him a trip to come hunt Whitetail deer with me, Ron made that trip and killed his first Whitetail buck with me watching him do it!! I got to shoot the infamous 'Hotrod Hawken' Ron is a like Brother to me, one of my very best friends! I ended up building my own 'Hotrod Hawken' and a few 'Hotrod Renegades' i have a wall standing full of Muzzleloaders! LOL, When i get in to something I usually go all out, And These old Muzzleloaders is one of them things! Here is a picture of me with Ron's 'Hotrod Hawken' when he came up on his Whitetail hunt with me, The rifle that started my obsession
“Only accurate rifles are interesting” Col. Townsend Whelen