New to BP -- Want a Rifle (KY/bess)


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Hiaboo
August 7, 2008, 09:01 PM
I'm sorely tempted to get into black powder but I'm not certain of where I should start looking for a rifle -- I'm partial to the KY long rifles and the Bess styles, but either would be good..! Muzzleloader obviously... I would be willing to work on a Kit rifle, I do not have a problem with that, the caliber does not matter to me, I would be casting it as well as I'm getting into that. (round ball just for the simplicity of it right now)

So,what do you say guys?

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RoaringBull
August 7, 2008, 10:08 PM
Just starting out I would suggest a percussion cap; flinters can be kinda finicky. I say get a rifle, find a club maybe an get some hands-on pointers and hooked like the restof us.

mykeal
August 7, 2008, 11:11 PM
Just a few. in no particular order other than when they crossed my mind:
Sitting Fox Muzzleloaders (http://www.sittingfoxmuzzleloaders.com/intro.html)
Jim Chambers Flintlocks (http://www.flintlocks.com/)
Pecatonica River Long Rifle Supply (http://www.longrifles-pr.com/)
Track of the Wolf (http://www.trackofthewolf.com/(S(hl3eqg55gv5wnf55iuvvqoaw))/index.aspx)
Midsouth Shooters Supply (http://www.midsouthshooterssupply.com/)
Cherry's Fine Guns (http://www.cherrys.com/)
Dixie Gun Works (http://www.dixiegunworks.com/)
Log Cabin Sport Shop (http://www.logcabinonline.com/)
Loyalist Arms and Repairs (http://loyalistarms.freeservers.com/mainpage.html)
Jedediah Starr (http://www.jedediah-starr.com/)
Middlesex Village Trading Co. (http://www.middlesexvillagetrading.com/NEWmuskets.shtml)
Northern Rifleman (http://northernrifleman.com/)
October Country (http://www.octobercountry.com/)
S&S Firearms (http://www.ssfirearms.com/download%20catalog.htm)
Thunder Ridge (http://www.thunder-ridge.com/)
And then there's Dixon's in PA and Deer Creek in IN, neither of which I have a URL link for, but someone can supply the phone numbers, I'm sure.

And plenty of others, including the world famous Cabela's.

Hiaboo
August 8, 2008, 04:03 PM
Wow, quite the list.. Thanks! I'll be sorting through them for a while.

Loyalist Dave
August 8, 2008, 05:09 PM
Well it often depends on the budget you have. You can get started with a caplock for under $400, and get a pretty good gun, though as you mention that style matters to you, you'd have to get a half-stocked plains style rifle. From $600 to $1000 you can get a good quality repro long rifle or musket either in-the-white (assembled but needing ploshing, sanding, and staining), up to a finished gun. Above $1000, you will find custom makers selling excellent guns.

IF you can, get a swamped barrel. The reduction of weight will make a big dif if you ever walk around the woods with the rifle.

LD

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