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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-30-2011, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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building longrifles

Anybody here build em? I am looking to build one and to do the first one I know I'm looking to buy some sort of kit. I also know I want either a small rifle cal or a sub guage shotgun to hunt squirrels and such. I have read the building the pennsylvania longrifle by chuck dixon and think I can handle a beginners kit, something a little more than what cabelas offers but not quite a rifle your own barrel type of kit. lol so what would you recommend for a kit and what do they run price wise? Thanks for any and all help
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-30-2011, 12:46 PM
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Re: building longrifles

You'll be looking at $700 minimum.

http://www.flintlocks.com/

http://www.knobmountainmuzzleloading.com/

http://www.longrifles-pr.com/

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There are others. Sitting Fox sells cheaper kits. Just remember, you get what you pay for.

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For a beginner I would look at Jim Chambers kit or Brad Emig Kit. These kits will be less problems for a new guy trying to create his first long rifle.
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Re: building longrifles

I have seen kits at dixons every time I was in there. They seemed fairly simple. A little final fitting of parts, final shaping and carving(if desired) the wood, the finish the metal and wood.

You can't get em from the couch.
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Unless you're talking bout a lyman or TC kit there's a lot more to it. All castings have to be drilled, lock plate and trigger plate drilled and tapped, barrel dovetailed for lugs and sights, barrel and ramrod pipes have to be drilled and pinned. If the OP has read Chuck's book he know what he's getting into. All it takes is patience, lot of it. Just the hours spent sanding the brass castings is trying.

But well worth it!!!!!

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Yes I've read the book and some parts twice. When I get a kit I'll read it again as working the kit into the white following each step closely and taking my time. Measure twice cut once
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There are kits "in the white", which means the fitting has been done, but the final shaping polishing etc still need to be done.

There is a guy who has a huge muzzle loading store but has no web site. Tip Curtis down in Tenn. I'm sure a google search would come up with a telephone number. He often comes to the Dixon's Gunmakers Fair.
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Re: building longrifles

I've built 6 or 7 of them. I ordered most of my parts from Pecatonica River Longrifle Supply. I usually order lock and triggers from L&R. I've got barrels from various sources.
The Dixon book is my main resource, but there's a couple other good ones.

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Building a long rifle/smoothbore isn't something to take lightly. You must be ready to commit many, many hours to inletting, rasping, filing, sanding, browning, and finishing.

If you are not ready to commit yourself to dedicating these hours, I suggest that you continue saving and expending your bucks on a professional builder.

Us old folks, who've build a few, have seen exquisite rifles and several less than exquisite long guns from kits. Time and patience seem to enhance the final result of one's first, second, third, etc. building attempt.

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The scariest part for me is the carving engraving, and wire inlay. Maybe not so much the carving but the other two I have never done before. I have some small pieces of wood I thought about buying the tools and practicing on techniques plus a design
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