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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-23-2011, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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GPR questions

I just purchased a GPR and got to shoot this Saturday. Absolutely love it! Shoots well, holds great, and only had 3 misfires out of 28 shots. I figure the misfires came from the gun being crudy from shooting it so much. I know one of reasons it shoots well is the longer barrel. I'm guessing the heavier weight and balance are nice attributes of the longer barrel. Also I like how thin the stock is plus how stock configuation drops toward butt plate.

Now after saying all this - Here is my dilema. For hunting I have always liked a small, short, lighweight gun. The GPR has everything I wanted in a flintlock without having to go custom. I was thinking of having the barrel cut down... I know this may seem crazy. I'm sure some of you are wondering why I didn't just buy deerstalker or trade gun. The GPR just feels better to me. So what are my options: leave it alone, cut the barrel down, or buy another barrel? What do you all think?
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you lose sight radius and bore length for burning powder before the ball.bullet leaves the muzzle.

If you get accustomed to the length, the length's advantages will serve you well. An alternative to cutting a couple inches off the muzzle is to have a machinist turn the barrel to 15/16 round from about 6 inches from breech to the muzzle. The sights and underrib will still fit, but you will have shaved some weight off the barrel.
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Thanks - I guess I'm just over thinking it. I know the gun is set up just fine. I was just concerned when we are driving. Nothing drives me nuts more than a barrel getting caught on brush when I'm ducking under it.

I know it will be good when I'm in stand. I can't wait to get some brown infront of it!
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The barrel can be cut pretty easily with hand tools IF you follow the instructions in Chuck Dixon's book on Building PA Longrifles. I've done a few this way and it's not difficult. The only problem may be dealing with the bluing. If you cut it to 28 or 29", you might reach a nice compromise.
I've hunted with flintlocks with barrels from 26" to 42". Long is better for sitting, shorter is better for walking/driving. I think anything below 26" is too short. This is a good excuse to have another rifle- 1 short, and 1 long.

As always, your mileage may vary.....

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Also you will have to recrown the barrel and cut a new dovetail for the sight.

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And modify the under rib. And move the thimbles. If your serious about this I would get another barrel and have a new under rib and thimbles made for the new barrel. Or buy a used gun and sacrifice it for the needed parts..

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You might be able to buy a Deerstalker barrel or a shorter GPR barrel.

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I think you would be way farther ahead by buyin the last Deerstalker on third gen.It sounds like to me with what you really want and need out of a huntin rifle(which is the real reason for ownin these)the Deerstalker should have been your choice.
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<span style='font-size: 11pt'><span style="color: #000000">I think the GPR is a short gun----you mean there are shorter ones---???????????????? LOL Look at my Lyman next to my custom:</span></span>




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I've been out for awhile. Thanks to everyone who replied! After reading everything, I purchased a deerstalker. I have all year to figure out which one I prefer. Some friends and I have went through a pound of powder the last 2 weekends with the GPRs and are having a great time. Watching someone flinch is like seeing someone fall down - you can't help but to laugh. We are already planning our first ever yearly groundhog hunt. (the way we shoot, PETA wouldn't even protest)
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