Re: lyman deerstalker or lyman trade rifle
When I started shopping for a flintlock, I felt like I just had to have the deerstalker, but I didn't have the money at the time. I'm glad I didn't because when I did have the money I went to a shop and checked them both out side by side. I went with the trade rifle because of the traditional look and I just love it. It is my favorite gun. There is no need for a recoil pad. The sights are iron and that can be a problem in low light. I'm also still trying to figure out a good solution for attaching a sling. The trade rifle is longer than the deerstalker, but still short for a flintlock. The only real problem I have with the gun is that the stock ramrod won't pull the patch back out between shots. I use a brass cleaning rod at home so that is only an issue in the field. I carry a patch puller in the unlikely event that I need a second shot. They both have the same twist rate.
I'm Double T, the Terror of the Tuscarora. Squirrels tremble at my footsteps.