Kit Suggestions/ Quality


October 21, 2003, 11:22 PM
Fellow shooters.

Just recently I've gotten a hankering for a tradional BP rifle. I would also like to build one from a kit just so I can say.."Yep..I built this one and killed a deer with it! I've seen the kits in the the Cabelas catalog and they look like a halfway decent way to go.

A couple of questions..

1. Are these kits good quality parts and are they worth the time to build them?

2. If not...where can I get a kit that I can take pride in?

Good Shooting

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4v50 Gary
October 21, 2003, 11:43 PM
Jim Chamber kits. Quality throughout. Excellant parts & the barrel is from Getz. Easy to assemble.

October 22, 2003, 08:54 AM
If you looking for a lower cost kit, that is still fairly traditional. I propose a Lyman Great Plains Rifle. It is modled on a rifle commonly for sale around 1845, byt Bown rifle Co. in Pittsburgh.

You can brown the barrel and fancy up teh stock as you see fit.


October 22, 2003, 09:48 AM
I looked at the Jim Chamber kits. Very nice. I'm betting some beautiful rifles come out of those kits. The only thing is that they are pretty pricey! I gotta do a bit of saving up for one of those, but they seem as though they would be worth it. I just wish they had a percussion model instead of all flinters.

The Lymans might be more in my price range. Found one place that has it for $310 in a percussion model.

Good Shooting

4v50 Gary
October 22, 2003, 11:17 AM
Yep, they're pricey but it all depends on what you want to do. Some guys build and sell them later at and that way, they can buy more kits and develop their skill. You can get percussion locks instead and Jim can swap out locks if you prefer. However, if you want to go with the Lyman, it's a good starter for someone who hasn't tackled a project of this nature. Have fun and good shooting!

October 22, 2003, 02:57 PM

Check out

They have the Lyman .50 GPR percussion kits for $240 + shipping

October 22, 2003, 03:44 PM
I'll vote for the Lyman. Its pretty much usable right out of the box, but no where near a finished gun. There's a lot of meat left in the stock for you to do the final shaping and then smooth it out and finish it, and embellish it any way you want to. The barrel is bare steel, so you can brown it or cold blue it or whatever you want.
My only complaint with the kit is that the nosepeice on the end of the forearm on the stock is pinned on from the factory. I suppose this is kind of a difficult step they wanted to prevent people from messing up, but I started with the buttplate and worked my way forward polishing and heat coloring the hardware to a deep blue. Didn't even cross my mind that I couldn't take the damn thing off till I had everything else done.
Not a big deal by any means, I'm really happy with how my gun looks and shoots. Just would have liked to been left with more of a choice on that peice.

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