Originally Posted by AgentMaroon
What should I look for in a first gun?
Unlike modern firearms, Muzzleloaders only come in two types. Production, and custom.
What you spend, makes a big difference in what you get. Any production gun your going to have to tinker with. They are made with 3rd world craftsmans ship. Some of the $1000 and better models are no better than the $100 ones.
If your going to buy cheap, then get as cheap as you can. There are brand new $150 rifles that will do the trick. Cant tell you how long they will last, or how good they will shoot.
The last production gun I owned, I paid $500 for. I got 8 shots and the frizzen broke and we had to MAKE one, the maker didnt have any spares.
The word tack driver, and production gun, are like tax break and democrat, they words dont mix.
For your first throw away rifle, buy one of these cheapies. As soon as you out grow it. You can get a custom kit, they start at about $700. Building it isnt rocket science, but your nuckles cant be dragging the ground.
Anyone, young or old, in an apartment or cave can put a kit together. Once agian, Id suggest not to buy production brands like CVA, or any of the ones that are mentioned here. They are low to mid quality.
Go to www.flintlocks.com
and see what a Jim Chambers kit looks like. These are the finest kits you can get , period.
Ive only build ONE. Fore I can only shoot ONE. I do shoot it every month, and in competition.
You will also find out that the good shooters mostly use flintlocks, not capguns. Flinters have a steeper learning curve. But there is nothing finer.
Once again, go get that cheapie cap gun. You need to expierence black powder to understand it.