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Lancaster vs Lebanon Style Flintlock

I'm getting a custom flintlock built and was wondering what is the better style to get {pros/cons} between the lancaster and lebanon style.
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Re: Lancaster vs Lebanon Style Flintlock

I'm thinking they are both pretty close as well as a Berks County gun. They say the Lancaster's were more prominent (me thinks). If you look at the pictures of those old guns can you image buying an original at the time. Those guys were real craftsmen. I'm sure the guys/gals putting out guns today are the same. What ever strikes your eye and shoots straight you'll love.

I'm so far behind I think I'm in first place.
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Re: Lancaster vs Lebanon Style Flintlock

Berks guns evolved a fair amount...look at the Schreit, then look at something like RCA 27. The Schreit rifle has a similar architecture to a Lancaster, somewhat, where the later Berks rifles are quite distinct in their stock architecture. Lebanon rifles, like a Bonewitz to my inexperienced eye, seems more Lancaster-like than Berks-like.

If the rifle's fitted properly to you, you should be good to go with the style that piques your interest, I'd think. If you've picked your builder, talk to them. They'll advise you.
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Re: Lancaster vs Lebanon Style Flintlock

I did ask the builder and he said the same thing with those 2 styles. What ever appeals to the eye. It was when you get into the Lehigh style can be harder to shoot. Either way I'm excited for my first custom build and by a great builder.
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Re: Lancaster vs Lebanon Style Flintlock

I was fortunate to have a neighbor in 1968 that was a cabinet maker. Not like the ones you find today. This guy was at the time 70 years old and a perfectionist. I wanted to build a Pennsylvania rifle. He helped me buy the parts, lock, stock and barrel. I wanted to finish the gun in 3 weeks. With his help it took me/use over a year. I got a sweet gun that will strike a match at 50 yards.

I'm so far behind I think I'm in first place.
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Re: Lancaster vs Lebanon Style Flintlock

A lehigh is difficult to get correct in
archectecture. If its right you can shoot it all day long.
allen martin says that all the time.
I have a 36 cal lehigh. Copied from
an unsigned original. Its a pleasure to carry all day and shoots awesome.
a few builders will tell you a lehigh is hard to shoot. It isnt.
I believe they dont like building them. Cause they are hard to get correct.
Everybody has a lancaster style.
lehighs are my fav because I grew up in that area of builders.
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Re: Lancaster vs Lebanon Style Flintlock

Maybe that's what he was referring to. He told and showed me a bunch of styles. The fact of getting the Lehigh right sounds more familier.
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Re: Lancaster vs Lebanon Style Flintlock

Those curved combs are just so graceful. I'm looking at similar styles now too.

From what I can gather, an ill fitted Lancaster (or similar) can still be made to work relatively well. An ill fitted style that has a curved comb will be harder to "make do".

That's why I said before that if you're having a custom built by a skilled builder, pick what you like and he says he can/will build, then let him do what you're paying him to do.
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Re: Lancaster vs Lebanon Style Flintlock

had a 62 cal years ago with a lot of curve in it. never did fit me right and ended up selling it. everytime I shot it, it was like getting punched in my cheek bone. hurt like ----! beautiful rifle, it just did not fit me.
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Re: Lancaster vs Lebanon Style Flintlock

This county variation makes me laugh. I always say, the quickest I've even gone from Lancaster to Lebanon was the day I was driving a #49 Nicholson rasp.

I was eye balling the butt profile and it was one of those..."I think it needs a little more taken off here" moments. Good grief. Live and learn.

I had decided that because it was to be primarily my deer hunting rifle that I would build it with a shortened LOP. 12.5 inches due to having on more clothing that time of year. It did fit very well with the clothes on, but was it ever a cheek slapping, thumb in the eye, bugger if I didn't.

I eventually made the Lancaster I wanted in the first place. 13 3/4 LOP. With a variation in the butt profile and combined with the longer LOP, the new rifle is a joy to shoot anytime of the year.

IMO, the LOP was the greatest issue with the discomfort of the first rifle. The cheek piece/butt profile second.





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