Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by skeeterfogger, Oct 10, 2019.
Picked up an unfired, unfinished Traditions Kentucky 50cal, $150.
Good find, looking forward to seeing that make some smoke.
Will be a bit making the smoke. Got the wood trimmed, lock inlay better and all the rust off the barrel and blued. Put on rear and front sight. He didn't install the barrel tenons so they are on the way from TOW. Glad the bore looked way better than the outside. Stained the stock a red oak. Probably do a semi gloss lacquer. Only took little over 5 hours to get it where it is. Couple of hours on the tenons and kapow time.
at $150 it sounds like she found you and you didn't have to worry about picking her out.
Wow! I've said it before and I'll say it again- I sure wish we had pawn shops round here like you boys got round there!
I built one for a friend's mother about 15 years ago, it had the hardest wood I've ever come across. I did away with that silly brass spacer in the stock. It turned out well all things considered. This one was NOS that had been laying around for years under a bed.
Only 3 around my area plus 1 LGS. I visit them at least every 2 weeks. Just get lucky sometimes. It's important that they know you too. They get use to what you look at. So far I've made good deals on 1 1858 that came with holster and belt, pound of Pyrodex "P", primers, measure, about 50 balls and a flask. 1 navy 44 5" brass that I traded out a steel frame from a navy 36, a 1858 target frame with sights that I put the guts of the regular 1858 in. A walker and this rifle. All little over 2 years. Some years ago picked up a Taurus 44mag 6.5 ported that had been there for ever for 250. Got to slow down now. Don't really need any more but its2hard to turn down good deals. Didn't need this rifle but being a 50cal it will make good companion to my 45cal.
Good luck. It is Tradition and I had a lot of work to put together a Trapper pistol kit. Had to re-drill the ramrod channel. When the lock was inletted, the drum (on the barrel) couldn't be seated. I had to remove metal from the bottom of the drum so the barrel would seat. Later classes were allow to turn theirs down on the lathe but this was something I did at home. There were other minor issues, but what a PoS. Well, the purpose of the class is was not to assemble the Trapper but to teach us different skills needed in gunsmithing (soldering, brazing, inletting, draw filing, polishing, color case hardening, etc.).
Yeah there can be fun thing when building. Luckily all is falling in place on this one. The only thing that wasn't done were the barrel tenon. Have some coming.
You're on your way!
The bluing was the chore for me since the barrel comes in the white.
... but this one is CVA.
Here she is.
There are a couple in the chicago burbs that sell guns, just not a ton. But i feel your pain.
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