looking for a beginner gun kit


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tdodm
August 5, 2010, 09:28 PM
as the title says im looken for a easy gun kit.. ive had many years shooting civil war guns(actual civil war guns not repro's) so i have knowladge on them but not alot my dad gave me a bp pistol that his mother gave him for a present (DIXIE BRASS FRAME REMINGTON REVOLVER KIT )from dixie gun works from way back before the internet was even thought of
ide like to try my hand at a lil more complicated gun kit then a revolver where all u have to do is file down the cast marks and stain the handle
ive been looking at a PK0943 Pedersoli Kentucky Pistol Kit - .50 Cal. Perc. on dixie.. it says its a skill 1 so that should be easy for me to assemble
but was wondering if any one had any other suggestions for a beginner gun kit

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Ed Gallop
August 7, 2010, 09:27 AM
The Kentucky is an easy kit for beginners. I have built several in my younger years, from a Kentucky to a Hawkins Rifle, where I had to shape the stock almost from scratch. I eventually burned out and prefer reblueing and refinishing firearms in need. You don't save much at all when building from a kit because the warranty is no good and it takes more work and time than you could save in dollars. That is my humble opinion. It is just a fun hobby in itself.

kBob
August 7, 2010, 10:06 AM
I have little experience with kits and can not recommend a specific one.

When I got the urge to tinker I chcecked out yard sales until I happened upon a kit that had been assembled and successfully hunted with by someone else. They had slapped it together, slathered on some cold blue and appearently min waxed the stock with walnut stain/finish with out even bothering to get chatter marks from the stock cutting machine off the poor thing.

SO I also got experience stripping a stock, doing minor shaping and a lot of sanding and staining and finishing the stock. I got to srip everything down to individual parts, clean up a buggered screw, get rid of the blueing on the barrel, polish the barrel a bit, brown the barrel with a plum brown solution, re instal the sights (this time in the correct manner) and reshap some brass parts.

The original cost was $20 at that yard sale and I never got such a long period of entertainement from a Twenty in my life. It is still a cheap piece of junk many here would turn their noses up at, but it scrathed my build-one bug and hangs on the wall over our TV/stero hutch in the living room with the thonged white tail deer teeth that were on it, the leather cuff the original builder put on it to diguiss the fact that the stock is two pieces, a cheap powder horn and a ball bag and in hooks made by bending horse shoes.

I suddenly have the urge to go "yarding" this AM.

-kBob

desidog
August 7, 2010, 04:48 PM
I got two Lyman great Plains pistol kits a while back when they were on sale. You can assemble one with crude finish very quickly, or put some real TLC in to really make it unique.

The looks of the outcome is the time you put into it.

I'd look for a kit where there's no soldering involved, with a pre-inlet stock.

GENTLEMAN OF THE CHARCOAL
August 8, 2010, 07:44 PM
Talk to a service technican at Cabela's. Buy a Uberti Walker and have them detail strip it and just dump all the parts into a box and send it to you along with a sheet of sandpaper, one small can of gun oil, and NO instructions. When you receive the box just dump it out on a large table and go to work. By the time you get it together and ready to go I think your itch will have been scratched....(!!)....If you have spent that much time around blackpowder firearms, and have spent that much time firing blackpowder firearms, and know enough to get on a computer and come to this site; then I'm sure you have enough inititive to get on that computer and find some kits to put together....

Rail Driver
August 8, 2010, 08:14 PM
then I'm sure you have enough inititive to get on that computer and find some kits to put together....

Are you serious?

ive been looking at a PK0943 Pedersoli Kentucky Pistol Kit - .50 Cal. Perc. on dixie.. it says its a skill 1 so that should be easy for me to assemble
but was wondering if any one had any other suggestions for a beginner gun kit


I've done a couple of the pistol kits sold in the Cabela's catalog, and they're fairly easy to assemble, I'd recommend any of them (your personal preference of course)

GENTLEMAN OF THE CHARCOAL
August 8, 2010, 08:35 PM
Just as serious as a heart attack and that's death....

zimmerstutzen
August 8, 2010, 09:34 PM
the key to nearly any kit, even one of those pre=assembled kists, is to invest alot of meticulous time. Results can be easily better than a factory finish. The easy refers to possibility that the results will be better. The difficult part is taking the time and avoid the desire to finsh it by next week.

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