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Old 08-25-2014, 01:16 AM   #1
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So I am thinking of doing a kit rifle and am pretty set on a hawken .50 for the project. Maybe later I will do a Kentucky kit. So I was wondering what kits would you recommend, I have been looking at Dixie gun works and traditions so far.

Also how hard are they to build and how hard is it to blue the barrel? Any information would be fantastic, I am thinking this would be a good winter project.

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Cool beans maybe we both can learn some stuff!! I am really looking forward to building and enjoying one, and am glad I am not the only one here!

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This is of interest to me as well. I have an old 50 Hawken. But I would like to built something else too.

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Complexity of a build will be all over the place. Some kits require significant metal and wood fitting- some if you shake the box gently, it will self assemble.

MOST hobbyists are not going to able to do hot caustic blue, since it requires bluing tanks, heat source, yadda yadda

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1. Do all the metal polishing, take it to a smith for hot blue
2. Cold blue- and it will suck.
3. Brown it. Birchwood Casey Plum Brown does decent job
4. RUST blue it. Can be done well by a hobbyist, and is likely more authentic that the others.

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C3 that's not fair. He could cold blue it and it might not suck. Plus cold be can be removed fairly easy so you can try again. Dixie is usually pretty high priced on their stuff so I say shop around. If you do this project - - take your time! Work slow and careful. Ask questions on here during the project because many of us on here have down these. They can be alot of fun and if you are careful can come out excellent. A good beginner project.

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Ok so what kits would any of you recommend? Are the traditions decent, they seem to be rather prevalent? Also what is this rust bluing you speak of?

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Check out Cabela. They have rifle and pistol kits and most of the information of the helpful kind.

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My advice. . . .50 caliber due to the availability of components. Years ago, I picked up a kit from my (at the time) BIL. The .45 caliber kit from CVA was easy with moderate to advanced skill.

Blueing the barrel was problematic. Casey Blue was acceptable.

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Colmustard where are you at in Ohio? I ask because there is a gun shop just outside of Lodi Oh. that does only black powder stuff. They have a class/workshop/I'm not sure what to call it, on Saturdays where people get together to build rifles and pistols. Not everyone is building the same thing as far as I know, but the staff is there to teach and help.

I won't name it here because I don't know the rules about that sort of thing, I will state that I have no affiliation with the shop other than as an occasional customer(about an hour drive for me). I have considered signing up but I drive 55-60 hours a week now and the 2 hour round trip on my day off just doesn't sound like fun.

They have an outdoor range behind the building, and better still in the back room is a pretty large collection of firearms from the early Ohio gun makers, all with a small card under it telling who made it and when and where. He also has a few pieces of early tooling that is really interesting too.

You can PM me for the name of the shop or if mod happens to check in here and says its ok I will post the name and a link.

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I live in the corn fields about 45 min. From dayton.

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