I bought an old H and R Huntsman a while back at the local Cabela's. I had never even fired a muzzle loader prior to it and it sounded like it would be a blast, pun intended, so I bought it. Paid somewhere around $115 out the door. Anyway, after poking around on this board and registering a while back, I decided to speak up. I have a few questions.
1. What is the maximum powder charge?
I tried firing it with 50 grains of goex ffg. It seemed to work fine, and recoil was not excessive.
2. Can I put an extra barrel on it?
I have read that the receiver is dimensionally the same as a topper or handi-rifle. The words sb1 and sb2 floated around a lot. I think that I would be hesitant to put a rifle barrel on it, but maybe a pistol caliber or shotgun barrel.
3. If I put an extra barrel on it, are there any legal restrictions other that barrel length?
I have heard the stories about that issue, so lets not go there.
4. If I buy a loose barrel, could I fit it myself?
I am an engineering/machining student, so I have a basic knowledge of shop tools. I assume I would just have to do a little bit of fitting and filing to make the breach face sit flush? I am not a gunsmith by any means.
5. Would anyone on this board know where one could find a cheap barrel?
I want to fit a 12 or 20 gauge barrel to it if possible. I plan to cut it to about 20 inches and open up the choke to allow for slugs. I have a shotgun, but I am afraid to put slugs through it. It has an old adjustable choke, and I do not want to ruin it.
This h and r would be for general plinking, not necessarily hunting or self defense. I suppose that the main objective is to have a fun gun, so to speak. I always wanted a little short shotgun to make big noise and shred yard trash.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, and if you can answer any questions feel free to do so. I am open to suggestions. I love reading this forum, as it is a treasure trove of information.