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

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by Hiaboo, Aug 7, 2008.

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  1. Hiaboo

    Hiaboo Member

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    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?
     
  2. RoaringBull

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    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.
     
  3. mykeal

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    Just a few. in no particular order other than when they crossed my mind:
    Sitting Fox Muzzleloaders
    Jim Chambers Flintlocks
    Pecatonica River Long Rifle Supply
    Track of the Wolf
    Midsouth Shooters Supply
    Cherry's Fine Guns
    Dixie Gun Works
    Log Cabin Sport Shop
    Loyalist Arms and Repairs
    Jedediah Starr
    Middlesex Village Trading Co.
    Northern Rifleman
    October Country
    S&S Firearms
    Thunder Ridge
    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.
     
  4. Hiaboo

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    Wow, quite the list.. Thanks! I'll be sorting through them for a while.
     
  5. Loyalist Dave

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    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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