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Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Susquehanna Valley
Re: Lyman Great Plains Kit
There is "building" a kit and "BUILDING" a kit!
A factory gun kit such as a TC, Lyman, Pedersoli, etc... are more of a fit and finish type of kit. 90+% of the inletting, cutting, carving has been done. You get to do barrel blueing or browning, final sanding and wood finishing, installing parts already factory finished (brass, triggers and lock) I would guess 12-16 man-hours of work.
A "gun kit" from Track of the Wolf, Pecatonia River, Chambers etc... are a pile of cast parts, unbreeched unfinished barrel, breech plug, non-inletted stock, and lock or lock kit. You can get some of the stuff done before shipment, such as breeching the barrel, cutting barrel channel and ramrod channel, cutting dovetails, and rough inletting and shaping on the stock. I would take a guess from what I have read, 140-150 man-hours, and more if a lot of carving and engraving is wanted.
That is why a complete factory gun is @$400-500, vs. a custom at anywhere from $1200-$7,000!
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