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The standard nipple for your Hawken should fit size #11 caps snugly. The standard T/C nipple should look like this:

 

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The standard nipple for your Hawken should fit size #11 caps snugly. The standard T/C nipple should look like this:
Like Setters said, that's what my T/C .50 cal Hawken uses. Some caps get stuck after discharge and I use a flash hole pick to get them out of the hammer pocket. Also, I brush off excess carbon buildup from the nipple with a toothbrush during range use. What brand is your Hawken?
 

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I'll assume it's a T/C Hawken. The standard nipple has 1/4x28 threads and takes a #11 cap. A musket nipple is much bigger and I'm sure you don't have that as the #11 wouldn't fit at all.

Now not all #11 caps are exactly the same size. I found the RWS caps to be slightly snugger than CCI. never used Remington caps.

What I used to do when I shot nipple guns was to chuck up the nipples and use a fine file and slowly take a bit off until the cap fit perfectly. If they are a little loose just pinch them a bit then slip'em on. If they don't seat all the way down, the hammer will just push it down, then the second hammer drop sets them off, no good at the range or hunting.

Now keep in mind different nipple manufacters make them slightly different, being I always use real black powder you don't need fancy "hot-shot" nipples. I found the plain old stock T/C nipples worked the best.

Hope that helps.
 

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Yes it is a Thompson Center .54 caliber Hawken.
Setter, Mike and Andy thanks for the info! I use to love to shoot BP all day long, just starting to get back into it. Started using an in-line 2 years ago, had 3 misfires on deer in the last 3 years, finally figured out my problem! In any case I love shooting patched round ball, real black powder, iron sights,and percussion, like I said ALL DAY LONG! if you're nnear central jersey and you ever want to shoot I belong to a range and we can shoot all day for nothing!
 
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