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Old September 7, 2013, 09:26 AM   #1
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Just into black powder & Want to buy a pistol.

Still working on my 50 cal. Hawken stock but coming along pretty good for an amateur. I now want to buy a pistol. Any recommendations on a good starter pistol would be greatly appreciated.
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Old September 7, 2013, 10:42 AM   #2
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Taste has much to do with it but a reproduction Remington New Model Army kit maybe from Cabelas on sale will serve you the rest of your natural life if you take care of it, just need a little powder, caps, and ball (and maybe some Wonder Wads) to go with it I think...

Sharp, accurate, reliable, resaleable, classic, historic -- soldiers asked after the US Civil war if they wanted a handgun to take home took these and left the Colt's behind.
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Old September 7, 2013, 10:44 AM   #3
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My thought is that

pistol choice has a lot to do with your personal preference.

I must hasten to say the it has been years since I have built a pistol kit and that was limited to the CVA Colonial and Kentucky kits. (Here I am assuming you are talking about a single shot pistol kit.)

There are much higher quality kits out there and so others on the forum may have some differing viewpoints.

But I would think that a kit which goes naturally with the rifle might be worth a thought. You have a good mental image of the personality of your rifle. So choose a kit which can be made to match that personality.

This post was very unhelpful. In fact I confused myself.
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Old September 7, 2013, 02:10 PM   #4
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Pedersoli kits are probably the best quality production kits but pricey The CVA's aren't too shabby if you can find one.
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Old September 7, 2013, 04:03 PM   #5
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You don't state if your are looking for a single shot or not but if you are . .

If you are making a .50 Hawken style rifle, you might consider a Lyman Great Plains pistol in the same caliber (.50).

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Old September 7, 2013, 04:17 PM   #6
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Again, single-shot pistol to go with your Hawken?
Lyman Great Plains
CVA Hawken pistol
Traditions, Patriot
TC Seneca; Too pricey
Pedersoli; Really pricey

Oh, whose Hawken type do you have ??

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Old September 7, 2013, 06:45 PM   #7
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Advice given on this thread is right on. The absolute best thing you can do is find someone that has a few C&B - that he/she shoots regularly - and try out every gun you can.

IMNSHO, for a single shot, any Pedersoli would serve you well no matter whether flint or percussion or what caliber.
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Old September 8, 2013, 10:09 AM   #8
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what pistol

well a couple things . I know it's nit picking but.
Pistol is a singleshot
Revolver is a multiple shot in a rotating cylinder
So do you want a single shot or revolver.
If single shot I would recommend one same caliber as the rifle. One less item to carry.
In a revolver you really can't go wrong with either the Colt or Remington design.
Pretty much taste and aesthetics there.
Stick with the better made ones, Uberti, Pietta, or Pedersoli.
Traditions is fine, but in my opinion on the bottom quality wise.
For true knock down power stay with the 44's
But for general plinking and small varmits the 36 is fine.
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Old September 9, 2013, 08:58 AM   #9
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Definitely a pistol. There are many good comments posted here and I need to digest them before deciding. Thanks to all of you for your help.
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Old September 9, 2013, 09:02 AM   #10
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The Lyman 50 cal great plains pistol looks like where I'm leaning right now
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Old September 9, 2013, 10:27 AM   #11
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Good call !!!

Quote:
The Lyman 50 cal great plains pistol looks like where I'm leaning right now
You will not be disappointed and this one is available as a kit. I have had one for about a year and really enjoy it. ....

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Old September 9, 2013, 12:36 PM   #12
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Don't forget that you need at least a BRACE of those in your sash!
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Old September 9, 2013, 03:54 PM   #13
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A brace of them in my sash sounds just right and a kit it shall be. Pics of the rifle coming soon.
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