realized i wanted to get a flintlock and find out first hand how the old timers use to harvest their game...im only 19 and wanted to know what would be a gun for a short dolla? any suggestions would be highly appreciated
Your best bet is to look for a good used gun.A muzzleloader is not the place to skimp,a cheap flinter will give you plenty of hangfires and soon turn you away from the challenge.A well tuned flinter with a quality frizzen/flint will spark/fire reliably and with fast lock time.Keep looking in the classifieds there are usually some for sale.This is the favorite season for many deer hunters,including myself.Good luck and keep your powder dry.
Don't go cheap and ruin a good experence.You can pick up a used TC or Lyman for between $300-$400.Check your local gun shops and some yardsale/flea/antique markets.Some people really need money and are all but giving some away.They do bring more on the gun aution sites but more of them there.(Gunbroker,Auctionarms,Gunsamerica)
Most of the supplies can be scrounged up and made on the cheap. There are some good guns and some junkers out there. See if you can attend some black powder matches or rendevous and take a look around. The days of a reasonably priced fair quality flint lock are pretty much over. There are some entry level guns that can be serviceable, but a well seasoned person familiar with flinters should look it over. For pete's sake don't buy something just because it is cheap. 90% chance you will get burned. It is possible to scrounge up some parts and put together a plain gun of good working parts for around $200 and a lot of elbow grease. But even that takes somme specialized knowledge. (Dixon's book on building a muzzleloader will have most of the knowledge) Can a relative loan a gun to you until you figure out what you want and/or have the money for a moderate quality gun?
Buying a used flinter is something you should not do without the over-the-shoulder support of someone who knows these guns. There is so much that can be wrong with the gun and will not be evident to you at the time of purchase. And, in some regards, to the experienced eye as well. One of the MOST IMPORTANT things to do when buying a used flinter is to make sure the darned thing is not loaded. Sound simple, huh? I've seen plenty of used ML guns in a rack in all kinds of stores that are there because the owner got fed up with his latest mis-fire and just gathered up the accoutaments and the smoke pole and took the first offer the shop owned gave. So the gun sits there with a ball and a charge, until someone checks it and pulls the load. Seriously. Some basic issues (forget about the loaded gun): soft frizzen - will not spark; out of tune cock - will not strike the frizzen face; blown flash hole liner; poor bore. When you buy a used flint lock, you need to have both eyes open and if possible have someone with you who knows these guns and knows what to look for. Bottom line: you get what you pay for.