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MVTC French 1717 Musket

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Dave Markowitz, Oct 2, 2006.

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  1. Dave Markowitz

    Dave Markowitz Member

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    I took the day off and drove up to Dixon's in Kempton, PA today, and came home with a new Middlesex Village Trading Company French 1717 Musket.

    It came with a leather sling, hammer stall, flash guard, and bayonet (no scabbard).

    Compared with the MVTC Long Land Pattern Brown Bess, this gun feels about a pound or two lighter and shoulders better for me. The stock shape is a bit odd but seems to fit me well. It balances nicely for a gun with a 46" barrel. I'm only 5'6" tall and the gun is almost as tall as me.

    The lock sparks well. Overall workmanship isn't up to the standards of say, a Pedersoli, but I suspect that the originals weren't either.

    Greg Dixon recommended using .662 balls with a patch, so I got the last two bags he had in this size, along with a couple of extra musket flints. MVTC recommends 65 - 75 grains of FFg powder.

    Unfortunately I won't get to shoot it for a couple of weeks, but I'll post a report when I do.
     
  2. Duncaninfrance

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    Hope it shoots like it looks Dave. Interested to see your results.
    Duncan
     
  3. Loyalist Dave

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    Ah, but the Pedersoli isn't a very close copy of either the Charleville or the Bess, AND you probably paid half the MSRP of the Pedersoli, eh?

    LD
     
  4. Dave Markowitz

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    LD,

    I picked up the 1717 for $595 + PA's 6% sales tax. He had an MVTC Brown Bess for the same price, and a Pedersoli Bess for over $900.
     
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