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Old 11-28-2012, 12:35 AM   #11
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"birchwood casey plum brown barrel finish"
That is what many have used and it worked for them. I have always blued the ones I finished. Neither option is better than the other it is just a personal choice.

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Old 12-02-2012, 12:17 AM   #12
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well im going to order one of these tonight, just cant decide. either a traditions kentucky rifle kit or a pedersoli kentucky pistol kit. wich one do you guys think?

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The rifle can actually be used for hunting. The pistol is target only.

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what kind of powder do you recommend for the rifle?

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I like real black powder. but I think I am in the minority. Its whatever you want.

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It looks like you read my mind....I've been looking at the Traditions .50 cal pistol kit for about a month now...getting too close to Xmas to start buying myself stuff.

Here's what I'm looking at:

http://www.cheaperthandirt.com/product/54335?ingb=Y

If the price is near the same after the holidays I will be getting one.

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Someone once said "there are a whole lot more people that can take $200 worth of gun parts and make a $100 gun then there are people that can take $100 worth of gun parts and make a $200 gun". My opinion... you don't really save any money with a kit. I would get a reasonable finished rifle to start with and use it. Find out what you do and don't like about it, get involved in the hobby and see if you really enjoy it and then pick out a kit you want to add to your collection. Take your time and have fun making your gun. Then you have 2 guns and one can be your baby. I started in the 70's and got my first rifle as a kit (cost the wife $60) I still have it and use it but it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to tell it was kit gun. Just my nickel minus 3.

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well i was at a gun show and saw a cabelas hawkins for $250. its in really good condition, the brass was just alittle dull but i shined it up and looks like new!

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When I was in my teens, my dad brought home an 1861 Colt Navy kit that he picked up at the PX. Some of the best times that we had with each other are from that father son build. I am pretty sure that you will enjoy the build, and it will mean so much more to you when you fire off the first round from that rifle. Take your time, and enjoy the build. Yes, you picked up a good first BP rifle.

The besy way to learn the shooting end of the hobby is to find others in your area who shoot black powder. Since you have exprience with cleaning and take down, you already have a group to shoot with. Listen to them, and read the owner's manual. If you have ant questions, post them here. There are plenty of us here that are willing to help out when it is needed. Welcome to your new addiction!
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Pedersoli or Traditions kit -- isn't the price like day and night? Do not get a very expensive kit for a first gun/build. The new used is the way to go IMO.
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