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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 01-13-2016, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Considering a custom flintlock long rifle

I need to do some long term planning and start getting my funds in order for this "project" I have in mind.

For the past few years I've been reading all the threads about the flintlock season and I really want to get in on "traditional" aspect of it, but with a touch of modern convenience.

I would like to have a custom long rifle made in .54 caliber with a swamped barrel and a hooked breach and wedge pins for easy removal and cleaning. I would also like said rifle to come in around seven pounds, give or take.


Any recommendations on a builder for this project?
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Re: Considering a custom flintlock long rifle

Maybe something along the lines of an Isacc Hanes But I don't know if it would be exactly what you're looking for. And I haven't looked lately and I'm uncertain if you can get a 54 barrel for the kit, you probably can but don't hold me to it.
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Re: Considering a custom flintlock long rifle

I got my 54 built by Ron Luckenbill in Emporium. Amazing job! Very good guy to deal with also. I did a lot of research before hand and glad I picked him. There are several others on here that have had rifles built by Ron also. He also built Leo's rifle in the movie the revenant that's in theaters now.

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Re: Considering a custom flintlock long rifle

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Re: Considering a custom flintlock long rifle

Most good builders have a waiting period, if you go to artisans show, dixons, you can look at their work and make a visit to their shop and order one, most are over a year out or more which gives you time to squirrel away the money, most require stock, lock, barrel paid for to put you on their waiting list......you might happen onto one for sale, heed this warning, do your homework on the builder, you get what you pay for, and if your gonna do it once (hard to do) do it right....

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Re: Considering a custom flintlock long rifle

You should decide on a style or school first. As there are many schools. Most if not all are Lancaster school of some form.
Easiest to shoot.
I prefer the Lehigh school. It's where I grew up and what I would have owned 216 yrs ago.
Then how much you can afford for it.
A custom long rifle will run around 1k in Parts along. That goes up for premium wood.
Then the cost of the builder doing it.
I enjoy them. They are a beautiful creation of art and neccessity.
First rifle from the ceiling of dixons. Cost 1100. Great rifle. Shoots great and comfy. Lancaster style.
2nd rifle is a custom. Copied from an unsigned original lehigh.
Cost 2200.
3rd rifle I put together.
Stophel long profile. Many mistakes on it. But I learned.
Most custom builders like to be somewhat h/c and p/c.
You should check alr forum.
The library has examples of origanals. Find a school you like. Then find a builder and tell him what you want.
Money is the only limiting factor.
Good luck in your decision.
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Re: Considering a custom flintlock long rifle

you could contact Tip Curtis a call he is a very knowledgeable fella and nice to talk to. He will build you a finished gun, or you could get one in the white from him. mine is a .45 cal. but I have been thinking of getting one in .50 .cal. Tip does not have a web site, but you can find his phone # on line. this is my flinter
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Re: Considering a custom flintlock long rifle

You may struggle to find a custom built long rifle with a hooked breech.

That said, don't be shy about a pinned rifle made and assembled without a hooked breech. It's not the huge pain in the behind to clean that it seems it might be.

I have a rifle made by Allen Martin (you can find him on here), and as was mentioned, there's a bit of wait. That's good, as I had time to learn more, made some changes (with Allen's guidance) in what I was getting over that time...and put away money to pay the bill when it came due.

Not the best pic in the world of my rifle, but it's of a deer from this season, and it's of the rifle out doing what it's supposed to be doing....

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Re: Considering a custom flintlock long rifle

Allen Martin builds an amazing rifle! And I will also agree that a pinned barrel is not that big of a deal to break down.
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