Thinking about building one of these
Cabela's Hawken Rifle Kit
Cabela's offers the unfinished Hawken Rifle in both .50 and .54 with solid brass hardware, adjustable double-set triggers, and a 29" octagonal barrel. I suspect it'll be darned heavy.
I envision the Hawken with oil-rubbed brass, a dark stain on the wood, and lots and lots of hand rubbing to bring out the grain and give the stock that old-world look and feel. The barrel will need to be blued and I'll investigate just how the Hawken brothers would have done it in the early 1800's to try and get something similar.
I've had a fascination with the mountain men for quite some time and, as many of them would have carried Hawken rifles, this will allow me to better experience some of the same things they would have experienced on a hunt.
Saving my pennies...