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    Harrington and Richardson Huntsman muzzleloader

    My local LGS has one of these in new condition for $200. It is a 58 caliber. I'm very familiar with the topper action but I was wondering about the accuracy of these rifles? Does anyone have experience with them? This is the 70's model for percussion caps. Your answers are appreciated, Thomas

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    Iíve been interested in one of these myself, but I really dislike the percussion caps once I have used the 209ís. But they are breakovers, right? My percussion was an inline.


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    On several of those you can change out the nipple and use a musket cap nipple. Much hotter.

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    I had one in the early 70's. There are two versions, the early model ones had a screw-in breech plug the later type had a press-in breech plug.
    The one I had was extremely accurate. Sad to say, it was at a time in Ohio when there was not many deer in Ohio, so, I never got a deer with it, but, my guess it would be a very good deer getter.
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    Thank you, Hickory. This one appears like new. If it's still there I may have to make an offer on it.

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    I used one for a few years, it shot well. It is a 50 caliber, screw in breech plug, and used an orange holder for 209 primers. The only thing I've heard bad is the press fit plugs can be dangerous if you have a hang fire, and open the action. I've never heard of it actually happening to somebody though.

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    Muzzle loading season starts on the 12th and a guy at my hunting club was checking his sights on a Huntsman. he had converted it from 11 caps to 209 primer.

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    While not a .58, the Huntsman I bought for my oldest grandson (16 years ago, when he was 11) was a .45 that I converted to 409 primer ignition.

    Before I gave it to him (he hunted with me B 4 he got married), I test-fired it with Remington sabot rounds that contained .357 JSP's.

    It easily kept all it's shots inside a circle the size of a 3-1/2" teacup saucer @ 100yds.


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    he 45 cal. is 1 in 56/57 twist so it,s a round ball twist

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    Quote Originally Posted by wgr View Post
    he 45 cal. is 1 in 56/57 twist so it,s a round ball twist

    I never bothered to determine the barrel's twist rate, I just shot it.

    None the less, that .45 Huntsman liked the Remington sabots enough to let him take 2 deer with it, one @ 50yds, the other @ 75yds.

    That shows to go me that a MOA rifle isn't necessarily a "must-have" for most deer hunting.


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