I've been doing some research on purchasing my first Flinter. I've decided on the Lyman Trade or Deer Stalker. Any opinions on one or the other? If purchasing a used Flinter, are there particular questions you would ask about the gun? things to look for? I found a used Trade for $300. It has never been used for hunting, only saw range time.
Either would be good, I have the deerstalker and love it. Used of course check for rust in the barrel and make sure the flint sparks well, then the normal things you would check on any used gun. If you can shoot it so much the better. If they shot targets a lot ask them what loads, balls or bullets worked well for them.
Thanks for the input. Are there really any differences between each gun other than the stock? From searching the web, it seems more people own the Deerstalker over the Trade rifle. Not that people are saying anything really negative about the Trade rifle.
The trade has a 4" longer barrel than the Deerstalker,also,the trade has a cresent shaped butt stock. The stalker has a flat butt. Both has the same twist rate of 1 in 48.
If you can look at the trade and check the bore for pitting and rust,if its good,take the chance on it!