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Old 06-12-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Hi everyone.

I was wondering if anyone knows where I can find a good kentucky long rifle or a simular gun for under $500? I am wanting to try blackpowder competition shooting and thought that this would be a good gun to start with. I saw some for sale at cabelas (think they were either traditions or pendersoli) and was also wondering if they are good?

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Old 06-13-2011, 12:06 AM   #2
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They're pretty good entry level guns. Unless you're just set on the Kentucky style I'd go with a Lyman Great Plains in either flint or percussion. Flinters won't work with subs unless you use a small charge of black under it.

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I'm not completely set on the kentucky long rifle, I like it's style and its the best old fasion muzzleloader I could think of. I'd like to learn some more about the lyman. Any advise on where to get one and wether flintlock or precussion is better for competition?

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Cabela's: Lyman Great Plains Percussion Rifle – Right Hand

If you've not shot much bp I'd go with percussion. The Lyman has a 1:60 twist so it's a round ball gun only. It takes a little doing to work up the right ball/patch/charge combo but once you do you'll be amazed at the accuracy.
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Thanks for the advise. It's pretty close to my price range so I'll probably get it. I plan on using it to hunt some too so which caliber would you reccomend? 50 or 54?

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I much prefer the 54.

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You might even consider the Kentucky rifle in kit form also from Cabella's... $299 for the kit.. You can finish it however you like and the pride of knowing you built it yourself... Just a thought.

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You might even consider the Kentucky rifle in kit form also from Cabella's... $299 for the kit.. You can finish it however you like and the pride of knowing you built it yourself... Just a thought.
It's probably a good shooter, also for round balls. I can't get over that hinky brass spacer in the two piece stock.
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FWIW, everybody went ga-ga over the bolt action-in line- shotshell primed muzzleloaders for hunting, and the traditional side lock percussion cap muzzleloaders were suddently last year's thang. I picked up a VERY nice Thompson Center Renegade in 50 cal, very nice wood, excellent metal- for under $200. Will shoot round ball but really likes maxis, and is more accurate than I am.

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You might even consider the Kentucky rifle in kit form also from Cabella's... $299 for the kit.. You can finish it however you like and the pride of knowing you built it yourself... Just a thought.
I looked and it I have to agree with hawg about that 2 piece stock. Other than that I like it but I think I'll go with the Lyman for now. It would be a neet project for the futer though.
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