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Old May 23, 2011, 01:23 PM   #1
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Beginner Flintlock Rifle

The title pretty much says it all im looking for a nice flintlock beginner rifle ... i personally like the ones that look civil war ish and i like the longer barrels but it defiantly has to be a 50 cal and i also am still curious about being lefty and shooting one of these righty. im looking to spend 400 or less or my first one i dont want anything percussion cap i wana keep it old fashioned and possibly use it for hunting but it has to have a wood stock i need my guns to have some weight to them
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Old May 23, 2011, 01:28 PM   #2
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i saw a cva bobcat withs a synthetic plastic stock in 50 cal but it was percussion cap for 100 bucks i also saw a used traditions spain with a synthetic wood stock with percussion cap firing for 100 as well but it was used and a little rusty inside i was wondering if they were worth giving a shot
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Old May 23, 2011, 03:44 PM   #3
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lyman great plains or the lyman trade rifle will do the job greatly.
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Old May 23, 2011, 04:36 PM   #4
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If you want factory made, the Lyman is probably your best bet. Or look for used TC Hawkens.
If you get around a large muzzle loading event peruse the vendors.
Do check on-line with the regular suppliers. And, of course, cruise the gun shops and pawn shops. Take some time shopping. You might get lucky and find a nice custom rifle in your budget.
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Old May 23, 2011, 04:56 PM   #5
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http://www.traditionsfirearms.com/pr...7439759e67304e

I wonder how good this would be & it is a "lefty"? (anybody know?)

I noticed they had a very similar one but "righty" and synthetic stock for about $100 less in their "special offers" page.

Why no interest in caps? I LOVE my sidelock pistol with the caplock, very fun for target plinking.
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Old May 23, 2011, 08:04 PM   #6
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The ad description and title both say it's a lefthander, and the lock is on the left side...

Traditions flintlocks have a good reputation as 'entry level' guns. They are good, but not high, quality.

The Lyman rifles are much better, but also more expensive.
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Old May 23, 2011, 11:21 PM   #7
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If you want something that looks close to original go with the Great Plains. It's as close to an original Hawken as you can get in a reasonably priced production rifle. There were some Brown Bess's and Kentucky rifles used by the South early on in the Civil War but only till something better could be picked up on the battle field.
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Old May 23, 2011, 11:36 PM   #8
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so how does something like the great plains shoot compared to the deerstalker
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Old May 23, 2011, 11:45 PM   #9
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traditions also makes a hawken clone of some sort that looks really nice but its right handed and i was wondering if it can even be shot lefty without hurting/hindering me
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Old May 24, 2011, 01:44 AM   #10
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The laminated Hawken Woodsman with nickel barrel comes in a left handed version in percussion anyway.
Usually if a percussion model is available in left hand then the flint will also be made in left hand.
But call them to check on it.

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Hawken .50 Caliber Percussion Black Laminate/Nickel R2410830

Both the percussion and flint models boast a hooked breech for easy barrel removal, click-adjustable rear hunting sight, double-set triggers in an oversized glove-fitting trigger guard with finger rest and an inletted solid brass patch box. Left hand model available.

http://www.traditionsfirearms.com/pr...046a5205fd739f

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Old May 24, 2011, 05:43 AM   #11
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laminated Hawken Woodsman with nickel barrel
Sorry, but that combination of words just hurts my eyes. Oh, well, to each his own.

GPR vs Deerstalker: The Lyman Great Plains is a larger, heavier gun. In my hands it shoots better than a Deerstalker. Recoil is gentler, hold on target is easier and the sight radius is longer. Result is that my groups are smaller (not that they're all that outstanding, but they are better).
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Old May 24, 2011, 06:01 AM   #12
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Getting a Flinter is an honorable challenge if you are looking for a good hunting gun I'll recommend a percussion as a flint lock will take a tremendous amount of training to get away from "flinters flinch". I hunt strictly with a flint lock but I have been shooting BP guns for fifty years. Try Track of the Wolf, Taylors & Co., Dixie Gun works (OK stuff more junk than guns) But one bit of advice if you do go flint lock use 4F granulation as pan primer powder and high quality flints.
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