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flinktlock kit?

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by mustang_gt_350, Jan 17, 2013.

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  1. mustang_gt_350

    mustang_gt_350 Member

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    Just as title says. I was wondering if anyone knows of a DIY flintlock shotgun kit? I thought it would be pretty neat to have one, and havn't had much luck finding much on the net. I could settle for percussion i guess, but I would love a flint.

    The reason is I would kinda like to be able to turkey hunt with it, so i would like a tight choke option, or swappable chokes.
     
  2. crazyjennyblack

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    Mods - this one should probably be moved to the Black Powder section.

    and yes, mustang, you can get shotgun kits, but the only flintlock double I know of is sold by Middlesex Village Trading Company, and it is complete.
     
  3. mustang_gt_350

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    sorry, i actually forgot about the black powder section.

    Thanks for the response though.
     
  4. Cosmoline

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    There are kits and there are kits and there are kits.

    First tier--Factory made kits where almost everything is already done. Metal polished, wood shaped and inletted, and metal work done. You just have to finish up the wood and do some very final fitting and fine-tuning.

    Second Tier--Standard kits from TOTW, Sitting Fox, Chambers, etc. These have most of the work done but require additional fitting for wood/metal contact, some drilling and tapping, some dovetail cutting, etc.

    Third tier--The next level up you put together your own lock, harden parts, and maybe make some smaller parts yourself. Or maybe the inlet chisel work is more tricky like on the advanced Chambers kits.

    Final frontier--Making everything including your own barrel and cutting a stock from a blank.

    I've done 1st and 2nd tier kits with basic chisel and metal working gear. It's a lot of fun and not too difficult, but does take a while. A simple flintlock fowling piece is a good kit to start with. Track sells these I believe. I don't think making a flinter is any more difficult than making a cap gun. In fact it may be easier as you have more leeway positioning the lock and barrel relative to each other. Remember flintlocks were designed to be constructed in blacksmith shops. Caplocks came to the fore after the creation of interchangeable parts and industrial factories. So the flinters have some slop room built into their designs. Not every hole has to be just where it ought to be. Which is good because few of mine are lined up right.
     
  5. mustang_gt_350

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    awesome. Thanks for the help. I have access to a gunsmith lathe anytime i want/need. And have somone that will do mill work for me. I had considered trying to build my own using the flint section off my traditions deerhunter, if i did it that way all i would need to do is swap between the rifled barrel to the scatter.
     
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    If you want to swap barrels you might consider one of Track's fowler kits that has a hooked breach. I think you can get straight barrels of the same dimensions in either .54 or 20 ga. But I'm not positive.
     
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    Moved from Shotguns...
     
  8. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

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    Jim Chambers sells kits as do many other sutlers. Look for fowlers which is what they called smoothbore guns used for birds.
     
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