Friday, January 6, 2017

Traditions Prairie Hawken Rifle

New For 2017 from Traditions!

Available in Flintlock

 And Percussion!

Traditional Clothing

 1 Degree & Snowing weather during this picture!
While it does take time to get used to and feel comfortable, a simple wool blanket coat is a fine addition to your hunting clothing stash! Some blanket coats can go down to your knees, others, just below waist line. I own both styles, but for COLD weather hunting, I like to use my knee length coat as it helps keep my upper legs warm and any snow/brush, the wool blanket coat sheds away from my pants.

Recently, I bought my first real fur mountain man hat which is made of Badgers and is adjustable from size 6 to size 8. Loosen it up all the way and you are able to pull it down over your ears for extreme Cold Weather Hunting. This has turned out to be a great hat, especially with its wool liner to help wick moisture away and add a little insulation for extreme cold.

Notice the 3" wide leather belt that secures the hunting coat. I like the leather belt VS a sash, as its easier to get off and doesn't get wet like a cotton sash will. My ball bag is also attached to the belt as my neck can not stand up to anything being around it due to a bulged disc.  Its also a more practical way to carry your ball bag as when you bend over, it will stay out of your way.

So make sure you look into a wool coat for your next cold weather mountain adventure! They can get expensive, but the 85% wool blend is lower in cost and still keeps you warm, but no where near the quality or thickness of virgin wool. As always, buy what you can afford at the time, or keep saving funds.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Traditions St.Louis Hawken Kit guns first 100 yard range trip!

Well, with a hog hunt with friends and family so near, I got that new St.Louis Hawken kit gun I just put together on the range yesterday!

After a great deal of shooting, close to 20 rounds! I learned that the rifle, no matter what powder I use, wants a clean bore in order to shoot DEAD ON at 100 yards.

I had two cases where the first shot was dead on the money, and then next two shots would drift higher and to the right when the bore was fouled. I'm Ok with this! It just means you have to learn your equipment and what IT wants.

Overall accuracy with both 2fg Jim Shockeys Gold Super Powder & Olde Eynsford Black Powder was excellent! They both shot pretty much the same group, except the Olde Eynsford is a lot more powerful and shoots a little bit tighter on shots #2 & 3.

For my hog hunt, I chose to use 80gr 2FG Olde Eynsford, .020" patches lubed LIGHTLY with Frontier's Anti-Rust & Patch lube & Home cast .490" round balls. I am using standard CCI #11 percussion caps.

I still have plenty of time and tinker around with loads, but its good to know that if I had to go hunting right now, I could!

Check out the first 3 shots at 100 yards using the Jim Shockeys Gold Super Powder! You will see what I mean about the rifle wanting a clean bore, otherwise the group shifts up and over on a fouled bore.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Articles in The Backwoodsman Magazine

Be sure to check out The Backwoodsman Magazine as we are writing muzzleloading related topics and sending them in! Jan-Feb issue, showcases our thoughts on the Traditions Hawken Woodsman muzzleloader!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Completion of the Traditions St.Louis Hawken

One week shy of TWO months, The St.Louis Hawken kit is finished!

I decided to do a LIGHT patina look on the rifle with a semi gloss Tru-Oil finish and browned barrel & lock.

The rifle came out perfect in my eyes with just a little "aging" to bring a special romance feel to the rifle.
Most importantly though, the rifle looks great, feels great, and that new rear sight placement makes it a dream to line up the sights on target!

The lock was also taken apart and polished for a silky smooth, grit free feel!


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Traditions St.Louis Hawken Kit Gun Build!

I am pleased to say, I got my brand new Traditions St.Louis Hawken kit gun in on Monday and have started the build off! I got a great deal on it from Muzzle-Loaders for a whopping $318 + $8 shipping and got it within 5 days.

A great looking rifle overall, nice wood grain, great balance and an easy rifle to handle as its light weight but not so light, recoil will beat you up.

I am doing a complete step by step picture tutorial of this build for any new comers to the addicting sport of muzzle loading and this will cover everything from basic knowledge, to tips and tricks at improving your build, as well as any issues I find along the way and report back on. All of these things add up to help a new builder that may run into a problem!

This kit does require some wood carving tools, but overall, if you take your time, gather up the right tools and look at the "problem area" long enough and go in with a plan.... You'll do just fine!