Got my new hogleg yesterday!

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Got my new hogleg yesterday!

#1 Post by dhaverstick » Tue Jan 08, 2019 5:30 am

This here is a 54 caliber rifled pistol made by my good friend, John Pruitt. It has a 12" Green Mountain barrel, a large Siler lock, and the walnut stock is out of a tree off my family farm. John likes adding the osage trim just to make it pretty.

I called up Ryan at Muzzleloader Builder's Supply in mid December and told him I needed him to send John the parts to make me a pistol. I picked out the barrel and lock kit and Ryan picked out all the rest. Of course, ole John wasn't satisfied with a lot of what he received so he picked out his own stuff and had Ryan send it while he sent the rejects back. In just a few short weeks, he had the pistol finished and told me he was holding it hostage until payment was made for services rendered. Fortunately, I know the way to John's heart and that is right through his stomach. I sent him 4 sticks of venison summer sausage that I had just finished making, a couple pounds of venison breakfast sausage, and 8 dozen homemade cookies. Both parties were pleased with the deal!

I'm heading to my farm this weekend for one last round of bowhunting. I'm bringing this baby along to make some smoke!

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#2 Post by Captainkirk » Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:03 am

Oh, soooo-weet! You know I have a weakness for BP, Darren!
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#3 Post by Longtrad » Tue Jan 08, 2019 8:30 pm

cool! I bet that baby will be a lot of fun.

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#4 Post by Carpdaddy » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:21 am

Nice! Haven’t handled one of those in a few years.

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#5 Post by Grizzly » Wed Jan 09, 2019 6:58 am

She's a beauty. Enjoy.

I've never shot one of those and wondered what it would feel like. Then I remembered a cut down M2 fully auto Carbine I had in VN for a while before I found a folding stock model. I think I paid 25 piasters for it. That wasn't much - $5.00 maybe? I can't remember the conversion rate. Pictures are hard to find of these, since BATF would lock you up, here at home. I searched the internet for this one.

So, that grip on yours seems universal. They say, there's nothing new under the sun. Make some smoke. :)
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#6 Post by dhaverstick » Wed Jan 09, 2019 7:18 am

Very cool photo, Grizzly! I think yours would have a little more kick than mine due to less barrel weight.

Here's a photo of a 62 caliber smoothbore pistol that John made me a few years ago. It has the same lock and a 12" octagon-to-round barrel. I've killed several squirrels with it using shot instead of a PRB but no big game. I can't seem to get the accuracy with it that I want. That's the primary reason I had John make me the 54 with a rifled barrel. I'm hoping the rifling will improve my groups. Or, it could be that I'm just a really bad shot with a pistol!
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#7 Post by Grizzly » Wed Jan 09, 2019 8:20 am

yup, on full auto it was a bad joke.


That must be so much fun. Not having shot one like yours, I can only imagine how you would hold this. When I shot in the discontinued Masters Pistol competition Smith and Wesson Sonsored at the PASA club, I used a 14" Contenter in 7mm TCU. We had to hit targets from 75 yards out to 200. The longer targets could be take from any position you chose, using only your body for a rest. But the 75 and 100 yard shots had to be taken standing, off hand. Which is what you must do, unless of coarse you take a rest on something. Eventually guys took advantage of the rules and worked on different stocks and even building around AR-15 platforms.

Do you use two hands on that with one supporting the stock when shooting offhand? I remember in a fit of craziness holding a 14" 30-30 contender with one hand and shooting a 100 yard target. I hit it, but the effect upon my wrist was not good. But I had to know if it was a lucky shot or not, so I did it once more and never again. Hit it. But as you say, recoil is much less with yours and with the smoke and all, more fun.

I sure hope you get the accuracy you are after. I can see how a 12" .62 caliber smooth bore might not shoot any cloverleafs. But with shot, what a hoot. What is that, about like a 20 gauge short?
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#8 Post by Captainkirk » Wed Jan 09, 2019 11:03 am

I have something similar, a Lyman Plains Pistol in .50.
Accuracy is quite astounding compared to what one might think it should be.

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#9 Post by dhaverstick » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:45 pm

I hear good things about those Lyman pistols, Kirk. My dad just traded for one in 50 caliber but he hasn't shot it enough to say what he thinks.

When I shoot shot out of that 62 pistol, I usually use 3/4 oz. #6 shot over 40 grains of FFF, an overpowder card, and a 1/4" lubed fiber wad.

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#10 Post by Grizzly » Wed Jan 09, 2019 2:17 pm

That's quite the squirrel gun. I hope there's a combination out there you will find it likes for accuracy. Your .54 is a real beauty.
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#11 Post by Flemish Dave » Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:43 am

Been seriously considering the 50 cal Lyman pistol.
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#12 Post by Captainkirk » Thu Jan 10, 2019 10:33 am

Flemish Dave wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 5:43 am
Been seriously considering the 50 cal Lyman pistol.
Only negative thing I have to say about the Plains Pistol is that when you bring it up to point and aim, you may find (as I do) that the muzzle is pointed up. You need to shift your grip downward on the grip to get line-of-sight aligned, but after several shots your mind compensates and shooting seems normal. This might be a issue if you are attempting a cold quick shot and is more apparent after shooting a normal handgun beforehand.
The other quirk I've heard was that the .54 cal versions have a higher than normal problem with the stocks cracking at the bend area...likely due to the heavier powder loads used in a .54 and ball weight compared to the .50 version.(kinetic energy/recoil)
I would recommend this pistol to anyone.
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#13 Post by Flemish Dave » Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:50 pm

What kind of accuracy do u get out of this kind of pistol?
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#14 Post by Captainkirk » Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:04 am

Flemish Dave wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:50 pm
What kind of accuracy do u get out of this kind of pistol?
Very good. Sub-3" groups @ 25 yds offhand using .495 RB and .010 patches. Yeah, they are a very tight fit, better suited for range work than hunting, but I was mightily impressed with this thing.
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#15 Post by Graps » Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:49 pm

I might just have to get me a flintlock pistol too.
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