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building a flinchlock

is there any good reference material for building one. i have never done it. i would like to make my own stock from a blank to not just buy a kit and assemble it. any help or ideas?
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Re: building a flinchlock

I was just watching the PCN channel last weekend and they were showing a gun fair all about building black powder guns. I think the fair was somewhere in Leigh Valley. That would have been the place to be to learn about building a flintlock rifle.
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Recreating the American Longrifle, by William Buchele is a great read and very helpful. It was reccomended to me (by some here on HPA about a year or two ago) because I want to eventually do the same. I just don't have the time yet.

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Chuck Dixon also put out a book about building long rifles. The illustrations are black and white drawings but really help you understand the text quite well. The tips are excellent. Some of the diagrams and tips are how to make tools that will make the job easier, etc. I got Dixon's book before I finished my first. It was a huge help, not only with that gun, but with doing some other things as well,

There program on PCN was the Dixon's Gun Maker's fair. You can probably get a dvd copy from PCN. And is you ever get to eastern PA, put Dixon's on the list of "must" stops. Locks, barrels stocks, and tons of good advice.
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Chuck's book is The Art of Building the Pennsylvania Longrifle. Building a longrifle is on my to do list. One of these days .

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I would start at Dixons for reference material and literature and also to take a look at flinteres that are already built. I am headed there tomorrow to check out chisels and some other building support suplies. I just purchased a Jim Chambers kit as my first build. I am no where ready to undertake a rifle buld from an iron pipe and tree limb. I want to start with a quality kit and then try more challenging items - <u>if</u> I can handle it!

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Both of the books recommended are great! If you have never built a longrifle, I would recommend a Jim Chambers "kit". You will be working with top knotch components, and will produce an heirloom that will truly be yours. Chuck Dixon's book actually has some good thoughts on the differencs between a builder and a stocker, and Chuck himself has some good philosophy which he will share with you face-to-face if you can make the trip. JMHO, and best of luck whatever you decide!!

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Yo Mccoy - can you share some particulars on that rifle: barrel manuf. lock (looks like a Siler), what style of rifle is that? Sure looks good.

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Brad Emig fowler "kit". Large Siler lock, Colerain .62 smoothbore barrel (20 gauge). I stained the stock with aqua fortis. Hand rubbed linseed finish. It throws roundballs into 1-hole 3 shot groups at 50 yards off of the bench, and even without a choke I found a way to get 79% patterns of #6 copper plated shot at 27 yards. It's been good on pheasants and squirrels, but I haven't taken a turkey or deer with this one yet....

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http://www.muzzleloadingforum.com
If you join this group, you'll find tutorials by expert builders and all the help you'd ever need. I built mine from a Peccatonica kit, and Chuck Dixon's book is essential for any kind of build.

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