Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Lehigh Valley Pa.
I recently bought a ThunderHawk .50 carbine and added a 24 inch .50 cal Firehawk too.
These really are superb rifles! Accurate, durable, good looking ( especially the Firehawk) and easy to clean despite the lack of a removable breech plug.
The Firehawk was a rescue attempt. Put up uncleaned and heavily fouled with Triple 7. Got her for $100. After initial cleaning I thought the bore was good. But after shooting and cleaning a couple times, the gunk came out to reveal pitting. I spotted a stainless barrel on eBay for a " Buy it now" of $150.
Got it. After some parts swapping, I have a stainless/ walnut Firehawk that shoots superbly.
Both the Thunderhawk and Firehawk share the 1-38 twist, which I've come to really appreciate. It shoots my favorite bullet, the 45 cal 250 gr XTP noticeably better than my 1-28 rifle, and using Greenhill's formula, will stabilize a 300 grain too. Neither barrel has a QLA.
I'm a high volume shooter and have found removable plugs to be more trouble than they're worth. Every rifle I've had with them, developed breech sealing issues at around 1600 shots. I don't fire heavy loads and am religious about cleaning. A fixed plug seals front and rear so no gas cutting of sealing surfaces. And honestly it takes me less time to clean these 2 fixed plugs than it does to clean my Black Diamonds. For the cupped plug I use a patch on a bore brush. Clean as a whistle.
Neither rifle had a long production run, which is a pity. These both were the first of their models I'd seen and didn't require any thought to give them a good home.
If you have a chance to get either rifle, you'd miss out on a good thing by not picking it up.
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