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Old March 30, 2013, 01:57 PM   #1
troutcreek
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Northwest Trade Musket

I’m in the planning stage of next winters project. I’d like to build a Northwest Trade Musket. I don’t want to build a copy of an original musket (for example I don’t want to build a Barnett Trade Musket clone). The goal is a musket that would not look out of place on the shelf of a Hudson Bay Trading Company trading post in 1820, but not a copy of other makers work. I already have much of the hardware, but need to order a stock blank.
Can anyone tell me what the predominant stock wood was on the original muskets? My gut feel is that it was probably English Walnut, but I was hoping for some expert information.
Any trade musket experts on the forum?
Thanks to all.
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Old March 30, 2013, 02:59 PM   #2
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Depends on if you want it to be a European made gun or not. European guns used English walnut. Trade guns made in the colonies used black walnut or maple.
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Old March 30, 2013, 09:20 PM   #3
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Re: Northwest Trade Musket

I'm excited to see how this will turn out. I hope you will post pictures as the process is coming along.
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