View Full Version : st louis hawken

January 16, 2011, 05:24 PM
I was looking for a hawken to add to my collection and found a pretty good deal on one. After reading some on the web a few people are saying they will blow up. Cva web site really talks more about the in-line guns, is this cva hawken safe to shoot or not. What is the best bang for your buck when looking for a percussion hawken rifle? The rifle im looking at is a cva 463 hawken.

January 16, 2011, 05:31 PM
Hold on, I am going to have a Traditions St. Louis Hawken for sale next
Monday. You might want it. Price is going to be from 125-175. Will keep
you informed.

January 16, 2011, 06:00 PM
The CVA Hawken is safe to shoot.

January 16, 2011, 06:12 PM
CVA is a good rifle. Weren't the 'hawken' styles called Mountain Rifle and not 'Hawken'? I'm getting forgetful in my old age.
The TC 'Hawkens' aren't bad either.
The Lyman Great Plains Rifle has a lot of current popularity but I have no hands on experience with them.

January 16, 2011, 06:23 PM
CVA is a good rifle. Weren't the 'hawken' styles called Mountain Rifle and not 'Hawken'?

They were called St. louis Hawken's. CVA did make a mountain rifle that was closer to a real Hawken but they command a premium now.

January 16, 2011, 06:37 PM
CVA Hawken is an awesome rifle. And very affordable still.

The CVA Mountain Rifle however has been selling for $300+ depending on caliber. I had a 54 and 58 big bore mtn rifle a couple years ago and regret selling that set up.

January 16, 2011, 08:12 PM
is this cva hawken safe to shoot or not. What is the best bang for your buck when looking for a percussion hawken rifle?

The CVA sidelocks are good, strong Spanish made guns and each was proof tested and then proof marked.
They're able to take a lot of abuse and such used guns are rarely ever unsafe.
Once in a while someone may short start a load which can ring the barrel or create a bulge in it. One way to tell is to run a tight patch up & down the bore and feel for a loose or uneven spot.
One of the best Hawken deals for the buck right now is the Traditions Hawken Woodsman that has a nickeled barrel and a laminated stock for $284 on sale directly from Traditions. And Traditions muzzle loaders have a limited lifetime
mechanical warranty.

Look ----> http://www.traditionsfirearms.com/product_info.php?products_id=135&osCsid=272af6d82597752c63c50ca2cfc5582f

January 16, 2011, 08:39 PM
Are you talking about an authentic copy of an actual J&S Hawken or an TC or CVA?

True Hawkens look a bit different then the ones that are just called Hawkens.

January 16, 2011, 08:42 PM

January 16, 2011, 09:15 PM
Very nice guns Wyosmith. The first one is a lil ornate and the Gemmer sights don't go on a J&S. Just sayin. I only have the one and it's not as nice but was blueprinted from an original.


January 16, 2011, 10:55 PM
Here's some photos of a CVA .50 Hawken that appeared to be in "new & unfired" condition. The serial number indicated that it was made in 1991.

January 17, 2011, 10:11 AM
You are correct Hawg. Gimmer sights would only go on a late S Hawken, but go back and look. The rifle they are on is a copy of an "S." Not a "J.&S."
So the sight is ok on that rifle.

January 17, 2011, 04:30 PM
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