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First time rifle build suggestions

I have been doing a lot of reading and planning, and weighing different options and want to get some opinions from people on here with experience. I also know some local people who have some experience building. but anyway, if you were going for a first time build, what style/type would you suggest, or would a kit be a better choice. Thanks for any help and details are good
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Also who is everyone's favorite supplier for rifle parts
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This is my first build. She is a little ugly but she shoots darn good and is very light. Her name is agatha.
You have much to learn and read.
Agatha came to life as a precarve stock from Dave keck. My suggestion is precarve or kit.
Jim chambers has very good kits to start with.
Most rifles are Lancaster style.
Just most popular I guess.

Depending on your locale, dixons in Kempton has just everything.
Hope you enjoy the endeavor.
Oh yeah, you can't build just one either. To much fun.
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I have "kit" from TOTW I am working on right now. they come in pieces, in a box and the stock is "roughed" out. you will need a lot of tools and some skills for one of their guns. I would suggest a gun from some of the makers above that offer them in the white. the hard stuff is done and it will give your something to learn on and get you ready for the next one.
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Take a look at Pecatonica River longrifle supply for stocks and component sets.

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thanks for the feedback. I am just in the planning stages as of now, and I have no real deadline so just learning as much as possible now, but I am definitely itching to get started.
-blackpowder- what tools do you consider to be must haves or frequents when making a gun from these "kits"
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Nice rifle rhino guy, I do not care to do anything flashy, I am more interested in getting into rifle building and being the proud owner of a long rifle. I have looked into those chambers, definitely a possibility, what cal. and barrel length is that gun
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It has a 50 cal barrel and 42 in long. Got it from rice barrel co.
It's there southern mountain. Very lite weight.
Also check American long rifle forum. They have a real good library of original rifles.
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For tools. I did mine with nothing fancy.
Small hand block plane.
1 metal file.
2 wood files.
1 small scraper. Bought at dixons.
About 5 or 6 chisels. 3/8 in down to 1/8 in wide. Several were bent to get in some tight areas.
Battery powered drill.
2 chisels for cutting dovetails.
1 60 degree file made safe on 1 side for dovetails.
Tools are not a major expense to do this.
Your patience at each step in the process is. My best work nobody will ever see on my rifle. It's the barrel lugs. Took my time and went well.
When you start, plan each step.
Then think about it. Re measure to check and if it matches go.
It will be your pride and joy.

I love my rifle. It's mine, mistakes and all. Wouldn't trade it or sell it for anything. Not even a Martin made lehigh.
Has my tears, sweat,and blood in her. Yours will to.
Patience is the key.
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