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I bought a .54 hawken in '87 and it has HAWKEN stamped on the barrel.
TC put model names on barrels at least in the early 1980s, probably back into the 1970s.
The location of barrel markings has changed over the years.
Also, don't get the idea that they have consistently added to the barrel stamp.
The gun is being sold by someone going thru a divorce. Like everything else T/C made, those are well made of good strong steel and worth considerably more than 0.
Geraldo, Thanks for the info, It sounds like T/C made rifles like International Harvester made vehicles.
I've been trying to gather Date material for TC's but not being able to get in touch with TCA has slowed me down greatly ... I bought a .36 seneca barrel last week, it doesn't have "seneca" stamped on it, instead it has a cross stamped on the bottom of the barrel.
It also has the smoothest bore i've ever seen in a T/C barrel.
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It want down and not so much as a pop the rod came out ... Hornet, I'm hoping to get the round balls shooting good this weekend. On my rifle the first click is half cock, after the second click the hammer can be lowered to the fired position, and the third click is full cock.