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T/C Seneca .36
« on: January 05, 2010, 01:03:32 pm »
Well, I've finally settled on a small-bore ML and am picking up a Thompson Center Seneca in .36 caliber.  Got a few questions regarding this model.

Does anyone know what parts are interchangeable with Hawkens or Renegades?  I'm talking small parts, such as ramrod thimbles, underlug screws, lock plates, butt plates, patchboxes, etc.  Also, is the ramrod on the .36 the same diameter as a .45 or .50?  Just curious since I know these haven't been in production for a long time and parts are scarce.

Thanks in advance!
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T/C Seneca .36
« on: January 05, 2010, 01:03:32 pm »
 

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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2010, 12:16:55 am »
Nothing is going to be interchangeable.   Oh, you might find a screw or two that is, but the Seneca is a smaller profile rifle overall than either a Hawken or Renegade (and Cherokee's are even smaller yet).    Some parts for the Seneca are available from TC.

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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2010, 06:29:34 am »
Yea, that's what I'm getting from my research.  Thanks for the response!  Might need to send T/C an email and see what they have left for them.

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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2010, 09:40:35 am »
     FWIW, I think the 36 Seneca is about the slickest thing TC ever did, with the exception of the original Contender of course. ;D I've been letting mine sit way too much lately, but then I did come across a 32 barrel for my Cherokee last summer and it's been taking up a lot of my time lately.  It's shootin' real good with 777 FFFG and I've been meaning to try it in my Seneca but just haven't gotten around to it yet. :D Walt

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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2010, 10:20:50 am »
Good to hear!  I've always loved the looks of them, but never handled one before.  I'm really looking forward to getting it in my hands and working up a good load for it.
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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2010, 03:46:46 pm »
A lot of dealers that sell online have the parts numbers where prices are.  You can use that to see if parts are the same for different guns but like Ladobe said, there wont be many.   There are some parts that do switch around with the Hawkens, etc

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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #6 on: January 08, 2010, 05:03:48 pm »
Ladobe is correct...maybe a screw.  Nipple is different, rod is smaller.  If you have the 36 and decide you want a 45 barrel, check with Track of the Wolf, I believe they have them.  Nice rifle, one I used to have liked round ball and 35 grains of 3F.  Tack driver...you will really like it.

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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #7 on: January 19, 2010, 07:13:24 pm »
I bought one new in the late seventies or early eighties. Beautiful gun, but I couldn't get it to group very well. Tried for years with every conceivable trick to make it shoot like I thought it should. From very credible sources, I discovered that T/C contracted Seneca breech plugs out to some firm in INdia. They did not use consistent thread sizes, so T/C never offered any replacements. Also found out that T/C's warehouse burned and in it were all the Seneca parts. I got Cain's Outdoor in West Virginia to build a 40 caliber by 32 inch Green Mountain barrel onto one of their custom made breechplugs. Now I have a shooter. I believe I could compete if I could figure out how to hold her steady like the sandbag on the bench does. If you have one of these rifles and want it to shoot right, give Cain's a call. They treated me well and delivered fast. BTW, I chose forty caliber because Alabama regs state that a rifle has to be forty and over to shoot deer, and forty or smaller to shoot squirrels. My barrel is engraved with "Do All"!

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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2010, 11:15:03 pm »
Hi there seneca fans. I just stumbled in from the NEF single shot rifle section, we have two senecas and I was just wondering how to find a .45 barrel. Glad I read all the above. Someone posted on a site that the cherokee barrel will fit a seneca..... I don't know if it is true but now that I know Track of the wolf sells them I will get the right one from them. Thanks for the info. Brent

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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2010, 03:54:32 am »
     Cherokee and Seneca barrels do NOT interchange.  They are different lengths and the barrel pins are located at different lengths.
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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2010, 06:29:05 am »
Yup, got the rifle and have got to shoot it short range a couple of times.  Definitely a slick set-up and a very nice handling rifle.  Everything cleaned up great on this one with just a few handling marks.  You don't realize the differences just looking at pictures online, but once you have one in your hands, you notice just how different they are.  "Scaled down" is the best description I've heard.  Although it's a very sturdy design, everything is just so much smaller than a Hawken or Renegade. 

I'm also loving the .36 caliber too!  Once we get a little better weather, I'll get it out and shoot it at some longer ranges to see how she does.  For now, 30 grain of powder is shooting plenty good enough that I might have to try taking it out squirrel hunting when I get a chance.
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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2010, 06:57:43 am »
T/C's catalog described it as " a graceful little half-stock similar to the Ohio rifles". Yep. That's what they are!

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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2010, 09:12:35 am »
I also had one years ago. It was a very well balanced little gun. Like kbuck, I could never get it to group very well but I was never a great shot to begin with. I bought it used and refinished it. It is on my list of guns I should never have gotten rid of. Enjoy yours.

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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #13 on: February 09, 2010, 08:15:56 pm »
Just an FYI Track of the wolf had no Seneca barrels, only one 13/16 snail type breech plug on hand. I made a stop there last Thursday and checked. - Brent

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Re: T/C Seneca .36
« Reply #14 on: February 10, 2010, 04:49:59 am »

These are really nice guns for rabbit and other small game hunting.I wish that T/C would re-introduce them.

I had one about ten years ago and it liked 30 grn of 3F Geox but like an idiot I sold it.

 

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