Track of the Wolf
Has a lot of parts and kit you can look at and see what you might want.And they ship fast. Jim Chambers
Has some nice ones.But you may have to wait. Dixie
Has a good selection and ship fast.
buy your parts[lock trigger,barrel,but plate,nose piece lugs,barrel wedges ramrod etc....] cut your own stock......if the barrel isnt swamped.....strait octagon .. you can cut barrel channel with a table saw.... the hardest part is finding a good piece of wood....buy a tube of tints all.....start fitting parts.....you can buy historical blueprints for the gun you want to build....less than 20$ i use TRACK OF THE WOL:F....The last snow storm just dropped my next gunstock right on the road near my house.....my buddy is cutting it into stock size piece.......let it dry a while......time for a new FLINTER!!!! havent even shot the one i just finished! need a fullstock! OH NO ANOTHER ADDICTION!!!!!!!
You can get blanks with the barrel channel roughed in, If I remember correctly some even have the ramrod drilled in the rough blanks so after it is shaped all you have to do is inlet the entry thimble.
Whether you use maple, walnut or cherry, make sure you get a hard piece. Nothing is worse than trying to inlet a soft blank. Wood varies piece by piece. Tell your supplier you want a hard or dense piece. If you have the luxury of picking out your own, take notice that some blanks are heavier than others. Weigth equals hard and dense.
I would not recommend cherry for a first time builder. Some is very brittle and breaks out easily. Straight grain wood is easier to work that fancy. Keep your chisels sharper than sharp and with some patience you'll do fine.
One nice thing about walnut is if you find mistakes after the gun is finished it's easy to resand just the spot and blend in the finish. With maple you can't do that. The finish won't allow the stain to soak in.
And don't use oil stains like the big box stores sell. You want dyes or aqua fortis for maple.
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