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Greetings,

I usually post on the M14/1A board and am totaly new to the idea of blackpowder. After visiting Williamsburg, VA I have been thinking of building a nice flintlock piece reflective of the Colonial american period. I'd like to make one similar to what the Continental army was using (borwn bess?)

I'm looking at this from the standpoint of educating my kids about the techniques used back then for finishing a rifle.

I'd appreciate any leads for kits that are period correct, and leads for information on how they finished stock and steel back then.

Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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Do a search for Track of the Wolf. They don't really sell kits but actually parts packages. You need to have some woodworking and metalworking skills but you will get a fine rifle.
 

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Dixie Gunworks has some good stuff, but they are the Walmart of blackpowder. A lot of trinkets, crap and junk, with the legit accurate reproductions scattered among it all. So you have to do your homework, because what their catalog will say is "authentic" is many times better suited for a costume party.

Pedersoli does make higher end reproductions, and I also have one of their Brown Bess and they are very fine.

Jim Chambers makes high end accurate period pieces http://www.flintlocks.com

As mentioned above, http://www.trackofthewolf.com makes great stuff, and it is close to very authentic with some concessions to using a standard set of barrels and locks used across a wide varity of kits. But the options are endless and their selection and custom options and parts warrant hiding the credit cards.

Also check http://www.cabincreek.net

As far as a period piece that represents what the average Colonial fellow might have carried. Build a good fowler kit. Yes, the Brown Bess is a good choice for a military long arm. The Continental Army used them, the Marines used them, and whatever else we could get. And of course the British used them. So you can't go wrong. But a fowler is more representative of what the average fellow would have owned. A nice utilitarian longarm capable of shot for bird and ball for game or on the battlefield...

All for your enjoyment and discovery,

Regards

Ben
 

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Try this link;

http://www.longrifles-pr.com

The company is called Pecatonica River and you will be impressed by their offering.

I'm saving and researching towards building a late model Lancaster in .40 cal. These kits require 40 to 80 hours to complete but will be as close to an original or custom than you will ever be able to by from companies like CVA, Dixie and such. Just my opinion.

Best of luck in your search
 

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I'd recommend you get a catalog from Track of the Wolf 18308 Joplin Street N.W. Elk River, Minnesota 55330-1773 Tel (763) 633-2500. they have almost every kind of part you could ever need for building a rifle. They also sell kits, plus from time to time they have rifles for sale that have been built from their kits. What they offer is a lot higher end than what you find at most other places. With the kits selling for about what a lot of companies completed guns sell for. In this world you get what you pay for, and in this case a better barrell, lock, trigger and of course better wood. They also have replacement parts for those who bought the cheap guns and now need to up grade some parts.
 

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Make sure you do your homework when it comes to locks. A low quality lock can make a flintlock an exercise in frustration. I've got a good lock and if I can get it go bang 90-95% of the time, I'm pretty happy.
 

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The advice on kit sourses above are good. BUT do your research FIRST THERE is a lot of MISINFO. out there concerning the weopons in use @ the time in history, you are inquiring about. :roll:

GOOD places to start

http://www.muzzleloadingforum.com

http://www.TradionalMuzzleloadingAssociation.org. NOTE _ I am a Moderator on this forum ( Forum name - PUFFER)

I am also a ML inst. & BdOD of one of the larger ML clubs in WA. St.

I will assist any way I can, just PM me on this forum or the ones above. :thumbsup:

The Proffesor :shock:
 
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