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Old 03-13-2011, 04:00 AM
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Default Muzzleloader kits

OK, I have a kid who wants a Pennsylvania or Kentucky black powder rifle. Anyone know where we could get a reasonable kit to buy and he could put together?
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:12 PM
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Go here and do a search on the flintlock or gun building forums. Also a lot of help with actual gun building
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Old 03-14-2011, 12:54 AM
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Originally Posted by oldtimer View Post
OK, I have a kid who wants a Pennsylvania or Kentucky black powder rifle. Anyone know where we could get a reasonable kit to buy and he could put together?

I've got to admit that I do not consider myself ancient at the age of 53 but this question makes me feel that way. I hope some of these sources help you!

When I was younger there were umpteen sources and options for you and I know of so little in the way of ML kits today and that is a shame because your son's idea of building such a kit is a fabulous way to learn the basics of gun making and use lessons as valid today as when building your own from scratch was one of a few options.

I remember when Turner Kirkland's Dixie Gunworks Catalog was nearly the size of a phone book and eagerly awaited and so full of information, data, instruction, a virtual encyclopedia of Black Power.

Please keep us posted on your progress these are a very useful collection of valuable skills that will serve your son in many various ways throughout his life.

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Old 03-21-2011, 04:18 AM
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Default Pennsylvania rifles

Unless you buy one of the slap together italian jobs, most high quality kits (or more accurately components sets) require a lot of work even if they are 95% inlet. A good components set will likely set you back 7-800.00 possibly more. The sites posted are good sites but you might also do a search for Jim Chambers Kits and Cabin Creek as well. Also Tennessee Valley Muzzleloading. TVM also sells guns in the white (everything put together you just do the final sanding and finishing) which might be an option. How old is your son? Cabin Creek makes a nifty Boys/Ladies rifle.
Check out the muzzleloading forum mentioned and also try . It's a builders site and a lot of top notch builders post there and are happy to help out new builders and shooters especially kids. I've built 5 rifles and am working on a 6th. If you'd like to send me a PM, I'll be happy to help however I can.
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