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Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Susquehanna Valley
Re: Need advice for beginner
It is not whether it was shot, a gun shot some doesn't cut patches like a new barrel will. The important thing is whether it was cleaned properly. Could look real nice, and have a barrel rusted up enough to make the gun a good tomato stake! Look at the bore well. It could look shiny, but have pitting. You want smooth metal in the lands and grooves. Pitting means it has been rusted.
Additionally, if you are looking at either of the mentioned Traditions rifles in a flintlock, I would recommend real black powder, and not Pyrodex or 777 pellets or other substitutes. Substitutes are more designed for inlines, and are finicky with flint ignition. To the point that some people who use them, juice them with 5-10gr. black powder down the barrel first.
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