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January 11, 2011, 11:37 PM
Hello everyone,
I am new to the forum and have been interested in firearms of all types for most of my adult life. Ive owned several and recently I have been intrigued by the world of black powder and all that goes along with it.
My first build was a Kentucky Rifle from Traditions and needless to say it took some work to make right. The gun looked good but I never fired it. I probably wont buy another kit from them again but the Deerhunter looks like a fun build.
I will be purchasing the 54 cal Lyman Great Plains Rifle Kit in a few weeks if i can ever get back home. I am on vacation in Florida and cant wait to make the order to Mid south shooter supply. Best deal I could find. Track of the wolf was too much money i thought.
Anyway im pretty much sold on the accuracy and quality of the parts. I keep reading "the best bang for the buck" when i read reviews of the rifle. I will put peep sights on it and I hear its very accurate.
quick question:
has this lock been blued?
or is this the way the lock will look in the kit?

Thanks for the great forum and i look forward to being apart of this firearm community for years to come!

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January 12, 2011, 12:07 AM
See post #10 in the thread link, it's case colored.

January 12, 2011, 12:19 AM
so i guess my question should have been how do i make the lock look matte like this one?

January 12, 2011, 12:22 AM
First off Welcome aboard THR!

I must warn you it is addictive tho! :)

The first one looks blued and second case colored! Look at post # 2 and also do a search here on THR. That particular kit has a following here.

You can get some info that way as well! Just hit search and put in Lyman Great Plains Rifle!

Happy New Year...great way to start it...talking about guns :cool:

January 12, 2011, 02:21 AM
If your driving home from Fla. leave a day early and take a detour to Dixie Gun works in Southwestern Tenn.

January 12, 2011, 08:09 AM
The lock in the first picture appears to have been rust browned.

The GPR kit lock will be color case hardened:

To rust brown it like the one in the first picture you will need to completely disassemble the lock. I presume you intend to rust brown the barrel as well. If so, simply treat the lock plate the same way as the barrel, preferably at the same time. You can use either Birchwood Casey's Plum Brown, which requires heating the parts, or a cold process such as Laurel Mountain Forge's browning solution. The LMF method takes longer and requires a high humidity environment. Both come with instructions.

January 12, 2011, 07:00 PM
rust browned... got it thanks for the info. I think thats the best finish for the lock. sort of utilitarian, keep it simple stupid, and i like that. i dont want any frills on this project. just want it to be a workhorse as im gonna shoot the heck out of it.

January 12, 2011, 08:41 PM
Nice rifle! I have one myself.

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