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Cap lock to flint lock conversion +

I posted this on another forum and doing the same here to cast a wider net.

I just bought a .32 Pedersoli Kentucky cap lock and in the clean up process found that the bore is very rough. It may clean up but it got me thinking. Ya' that "thinking" stuff resulted in a lot of trouble in the past so I need a reality check - here goes.
Can I mount a .36 flint lock barrel in this stock and then "drop in" a flint lock ignition system? I would keep the trigger mechanism - if it is compatible with the flint lock ignition.
Do I want to contact Greg Dixon, maybe call Pedersoli? Or - and this is what I am hoping for - does anyone have any recommendation relative to the feasibility and sanity of what I have in mind?

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I think anything is possible, it all depends on how much time and money a person wants to throw at something. how about boring it out to a smoothbore and leaving it a cap gun? be a neat small game gun.
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I think anything is possible, it all depends on how much time and money a person wants to throw at something. how about boring it out to a smoothbore and leaving it a cap gun? be a neat small game gun.
Okay - that's a thought too, and a good one. How would I get it bored out / who does this kind of work? Get it bored out to what; .410 / 28 gage maybe?

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Okay - that's a thought too, and a good one. How would I get it bored out / who does this kind of work? Get it bored out to what; .410 / 28 gage maybe?
i'm a .410 fan myself. boring around here wouldn't be a problem with the number of tool/machine shops I don't think. others on here will probably have some names of gun smiths it could be sent to. might be a nice little gun and different.
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i'm a .410 fan myself. boring around here wouldn't be a problem with the number of tool/machine shops I don't think. others on here will probably have some names of gun smiths it could be sent to. might be a nice little gun and different.
I know a guy who knows a guy that is a machinist. This is officially now in the "Option" category.
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Nothing at all wrong with a smooth rifle.
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Nothing at all wrong with a smooth rifle.
you bet, they are a very versatile gun, everyone should have one!
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Bobby Hoyt does reboring and rifling.
I would scrub the bore with a jag,oil,and a range rod.DO NOT use a drill except for smooth bores!Clean it up and shoot it.I had a 36TC the same way.Had a charge in from years ago and wasn't cleaned.After a little work it shot great.
I always felt that switching from perc.to flint was better off just buying another gun!We all can use another muzzy!
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Uless the bore is so rough it grabs and tears patches, the gun may shoot well regardless. Black powder guns are very forgiving of minor bore pitting.

Boring the gun to a smooth bore, or even boring it out and re-rifling it are certainly options. Should be no problem taking it our to a 36 caliber or even a 40 caliber. A fellow shooter years ago had a 38 caliber rifle and shot the 375 round balls out of it. Contact Bobby Hoyt in Fairfield PA, about cost. He has no web site and I don't believe he does much on email. You may have to call several times because I understand he does not shut down the machinery to answer the phone. From what I understand, just boring it to a smooth bore is pretty reasonable. Getting another barrel and another lock is going to set you back almost as much as the gun.
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Okay, I fund Hoyt's address and phone number on another site. Will keep this in mind if the intense bore cleaning I am going to do on this thing does not work or if it does not shoot well once cleaned.
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