It's been a long 7 months, but my lefty Tennessee Valley Muzzleloading 20 GA Fowler has arrived. I went all out on the wood, upgrading to the max quality, presentation grade curly maple with a dark brown finish. This is a significantly higher grade than even the beautiful wood on my .50 cal Early Lancaster. It's absolutely stunning, and the hues within the wood are dynamic depending on how the light hits it.
Matt Avance and the TVM team did a fantastic job of making the finish just dark enough without drowning out the wood's natural curl, and the overall fit and finish is tremendous. You'll notice the hand-carved and hand-engraved embellishments, which added a little bit of build time, but I believe were worth it to compliment a piece of wood this nice.
This gun is intended for use primarily as a true fowler, with pheasants, quail and turkey as the primary targets. However, I also have some .600" and .610 lead round balls to test out to 50 yards and see if I can't get groups worthy of a big game kill some time in the near future.
At any rate, here is the full feature set:
- Presentation grade curly maple (dark brown stain, 13.5" length of pull)
- 20 GA smoothbore octagon round Colerain barrel
- Large Siler left-handed lock
- Brass furniture and fittings
- Jim Chamber White Lightnin' touch hole liner
- Pineapple (tang) and beavertail (mortise) carvings
- Weeping heart thumb piece inlay (engraved)
- Scroll engraving (lock sideplate)
- R.E. Davis single trigger
If you're in the market for a quality muzzleloader, and donít have the tools to build your own, you owe it to yourself to give TVM a look. Their turn times are excellent compared to many outfits, and the final product is insanely nice. It doesn't hurt that they have excellent, personal customer service.