Can't help ya much, I'm afraid, but here's what I do know...Ithaca made a really fine repro of a Hawken half-stock plains rifle for some time back in the '70s and/or '80s. The rifle was distinguished for its authenticity and quality of construction. If you've latched on to one, keep it! It's better than anything else of its vintage. The closest approach to reproducing a genuine Hawken today (aside from custom work) is the Lyman Great Plains Rifle, but it isn't as good as the Ithaca.
THANKS FOR THE REPLY , THE GUN IS IN A SHOP 4-SALE @$300 OBO , THE BORE IS A LITTLE RUFF AND REALLY NEEDS A GOOD CLEANING- SHOOTING . THE GUY THAT OWNED IT WORKED FOR ITHACA AND GOT FROM WORK . THE REST OF THE GUN IS IN GOOD SHAPE . AGAIN THANKS FOR YOUR HELP .
If you are talking about the Ithaca Hawken then you should buy it. They were as good as the Austin & Hallek. I haven't seen one in some time. Is that a .62 caliber? The one I remember was. Nice dark brown on the barrel. Browning and Navy Arms also had some beauties in the Plains style.
The original Ithacas came in .50 cal. percussion with a Douglas
barrel and Cherry Corners lock and triggers. I believe I bought mine
around 1980. The lock on mine had a poor quality mainspring that I had to
replace, and the triggers needed a backlash screw for the triggers to
function properly. Once I got the bugs worked out, it performed very
well. Replacement parts would tough to come by if not impossible. Later
on, Navy Arms produced them as the Navy/Ithaca Hawken. I never saw
one so I can't comment on them.
I have a .50 Ithaca Hawken that I shoot a lot, and I love it. It was made from a kit, marked with a K on the bottom of the barrel (factory guns are marked with a serial number), and I know three other guys who have them in this area (Ithaca NY). None of us have any intention of selling. I am told that total production was about 285, by which time Ithaca Gun Co. figured they were too expensive to make to compete with T/C and every other tom, dick, and harry selling "Hawkins" at the time. Saw a real clean one at the Syracuse NY gun show last year for $850. If you can get one for $300 jump on it, you won't regret it. Mine attracts admirers at shoots all the time.
Bought it with a broken mainspring for $130 last year from a guy who didn't know what it was, had Dixie Gun Works replace the spring for ~ $10 and it shoots great. Took off and saved the narrow nickel silver blade front sight, and installed an old Lyman #17 with a nice patina that matches the rifle. In the woods the silver blade might show up better, but for punching paper, I'm glad I have the Lyman - couldn't see that silver blade too well in bright sunlight, but it will be easy to replace when the time comes, and I can choose whatever insert I want to use in the Lyman. It works just fine with the original buckhorn rear sight. With the thick post insert she shoots to point-of-aim at 25 and 50 yds. with 80 gr. 3F, a .495 Speer ball, and .018 ticking spit patch cut at the muzzle.
The MLs were originally made by Cherry Corners. Ithaca bought them out. The rifle is at least twenty years old -- we are discussing a plains rifle-styled cap lock rifle, aren't we? Contact NMLRA for more information.
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