Being cooped up in the house due to the cold and snow has got me thinking about a project that I've been intending to build for years, but have never gotten around to. I'm speaking of a under hammer black powder rifle. I plan on building the action myself and have had the barrel blank and steel for the action, laying around here waiting on me to get busy, for a few years .I have studied various under hammer action drawings and have sketched out designs for a long time and have never came up with exactly what I am looking for. I think that I am close to designing a action that will suit my fancy. One of the biggest short comings of under hammer rifles, to me, is that the hammer is in front of the trigger and that my friends hampers the ability to get the trigger pull that I am looking to achieve. I plan on the rifle being one that I can inlet into a one piece stock, also.
I have two D S Cole under lever, falling block single shot actions that I should take one and build a nice inline rifle, but I, for some strange reason, have always wanted a nice under hammer rifle.
I don't like what our primitive or black powder hunting has turned into .When black powder deer season first opened, here in Oklahoma, it was a great hunting season. Only rifles that were allowed were side hammer and scopes were not allowed. Getting caught with a scoped rifle was a hefty fine .Then the break open H&R's became legal and it took off from there. Now, it's just another deer season, nothing primitive about it. I have a inline black powder rifle in the safe that will shoot about as accurate as any firearm that I own and I hate it. I plan on going back to a real primitive rifle and enjoy the hunt again.
If any of you have any sources for plans or have ideas to share with me, I would greatly appreciate it.
David a. Cogburn