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Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Susquehanna Valley
Re: Lyman quality?
You are not the first to question Lyman's quality recently, especially since TC quit building sidelocks. It is constantly mentioned on a few other forums, and from what I have read, it's a coin flip. Had one thread that showed a Deerstalker bore with a light down it, and a screw sticking into the bore from sight mounting. Lyman Rep. told him to file the screw... on a newly purchased gun.
Lyman only has competition from Traditions and Pedersoli in the factory built and the "final finish and assemble" kit market. Those two are the high and low $$, with Lyman floating in the middle. And since inlines came out, the sidelock market has went way down. Most state hunting regs. just say "muzzleloader", so inlines are legal, and as accurate as a CF rifle.
Alas, Flintlocks are a slowly dying breed of weapon for regulated hunting. But for us dark-side dwellers who like holding onto our Pa. roots, smelling burnt blackpowder, and enjoy taking the rocklock for a walk!
As for an option, there are a couple RMC Accusporters on here that I would take over a GPH. Both the RMC and GPH are for shooting sabots with a fast twist barrel. The RMC has a Green Mt. barrel (some with a removeable breechplug for easy cleaning), L&R Lock (better than any factory gun lock), and laminated stock. And in the same relative $$ range as a GPH.
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Benjamin Franklin, 1773