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Hacksaw 
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Hacksaw
05-15-09 08:05 AM - Post#719102    


I was just looking through the cap rifles for sale on track of wolfs. I notice some of the rifle are made by this guy and that guy. What I was wondering is there a list of gun makers or rating on these people who make these rifles? I'm just wondering I'm not a builder but if I put together a rifle of some sort I could say built by Hacksaw But seriously just wondering because a custom rifle is dream of mine some day. Thanks

 
Billnpatti 
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Billnpatti
05-15-09 08:45 AM - Post#719108    

    In response to Hacksaw

I know of no list that rates gun builders on the quality of their work. If you see a gun that you like at TOW, just give them a call and ask for details on the quality of the construction of the gun in question.

How handy are you with your hands as far as building something? Do you have the patience to do it right? Do you have or can you get the tools that you will need such as various files, chisels, etc.? If so, you can build your own rifle from a "kit" from TOW or Sitting Fox. I think Sittiong Fox's prices are a bit less than TOW's.

I have built four rifles so far and have had a lot of fun doing it as well as the pride of saying that I did it myself. Each one took me about two months to build working on it in the evenings. It takes patience to make a gun that you are proud of but it can be done. If you think you might be up to the task, I'd say to go for it. When you order the stock, ask for one that is completely inletted or at least has the inletting of the barrel and the ramrod done. That is the really hard part and if you don't know what you are doing, you can screw up an expensive gunstock blank. If you have never done any inletting, then be sure to have the stock inlet for the lock and trigger. If there is a secret to it, it is to take your time, think it through before doing any step and commit to doing it perfectly. Do that and you will end up with a rifle that you can proudly say was "Built by Hacksaw".

 
mazo kid 
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mazo kid
05-15-09 10:00 AM - Post#719120    

    In response to Hacksaw

  • Hacksaw Said:
What I was wondering is there a list of gun makers or rating on these people who make these rifles?


I don't think such a list exists. There are several of the well known craftsmen who have been building for many years; then there are many more excellent makers who are not as well known but still turn out beautiful work. You will pay more for a custom gun from a well known maker because their work is flawless and their reputation rests upon every piece they make. You pays your money and you make your decision based on your resources and amount of decoration/carving desired.

 
MSW 
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MSW
05-15-09 11:13 AM - Post#719133    

    In response to Hacksaw

if you're interested in building your own (always a kick at the range... "Nice rifle, where did you get it? Made it myself... ") you might want to check out the tutorial by Mike Brooks on this website: it's really good. if this catches you attention, you should invest in a few good books. I would recommend Recreating the American Longrifle, and The Gunsmith of Grenville County. These aren't cheap, but the money you spend on them will be a bunch less than the parts you'll mess up if you don't have the books, so you'll actually be ahead in the end, and you'll have some really good books, too.

If, on the other hand, you take look and it looks as though building your own is too daunting a task, you'll still have some really good books, and you'll know what to look for in a really well made rifle.

good luck with your project!

(by way of footnote, if you do decide to build one, you'll end up building a whole bunch of them... it's an addiction and no, there's not a twelve step program)

 
Anonymous 
05-15-09 11:48 AM - Post#719137    

    In response to Hacksaw

Ratings, no. However you can look up contact info for a lot of builders on the Contemporary Longrifle Association page. Also, you can search this blog by name and turn up pictures of any builder who's work has been posted on it since 2008:

http://contemporarymakers.blogspot.com/2008/04/following-tradition.html

Sean



 
Russ T Frizzen 
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05-15-09 01:00 PM - Post#719151    

    In response to Sean

This is about as close to a rating list as you are likely to get. And some builders specialize in certain type or periods of guns.

 
Hacksaw 
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Hacksaw
05-15-09 10:15 PM - Post#719303    

    In response to Billnpatti

This is to all that replied. Thanks

Billnpatti

As for the patience sometimes I wonder how much I have so to answer that. I would say it will be a finished rifle.
Thanks

 
Russ T Frizzen 
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05-16-09 02:27 AM - Post#719350    

    In response to Hacksaw

You'd have to decide what type of rifle you want, because not all gunmakers make every style of muzzleloader. Some are best known for a certain school or regional style for example. That's part of the fun--choosing your gun.

 
Mike Brooks 
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05-16-09 07:28 AM - Post#719383    

    In response to Russ T Frizzen

  • Russ T Frizzen Said:
You'd have to decide what type of rifle you want, because not all gunmakers make every style of muzzleloader. Some are best known for a certain school or regional style for example. That's part of the fun--choosing your gun.


Wise information. Decide on what gun you're interested in then find a maker who either specializes in that gun or has built quite a few of them, and If you can, handle one in person.


 
Dan Phariss 
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Dan Phariss
05-16-09 08:16 AM - Post#719391    

    In response to Mike Brooks

  • Mike Brooks Said:
  • Russ T Frizzen Said:
You'd have to decide what type of rifle you want, because not all gunmakers make every style of muzzleloader. Some are best known for a certain school or regional style for example. That's part of the fun--choosing your gun.


Wise information. Decide on what gun you're interested in then find a maker who either specializes in that gun or has built quite a few of them, and If you can, handle one in person.




And never pay in full in advance unless you really know the maker.

Dan

 
Hacksaw 
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Hacksaw
05-16-09 09:46 AM - Post#719413    

    In response to Russ T Frizzen

Well as I had said to start with I was looking at cap rifles. (Percussion half stock, Hawken style)I just like the looks of them and the feel. I once seen a rifle at a guys house while I was with a friend. It was hanging over the fire place and it looked like it had been through a lot of use. It was a half stock and had iron furniture, double set triggers. It interested me so he took it down to show us. It was before I got into BP shooting. It had a nice feel and look to it. If I remember it was a 54cal and it had a long barrel. Not sure how long but it was chest high. I don't remember if it was a smooth bore either. And don't recall any markings. He said it was his grandfathers rifle.
I have a 54 and 58 cal Cabela's which I enjoy very much. I have a CVA Kentucky 45 that is very nice and my very first rifle. The CVA ( four digit #)is one that I will treasure for a long time. The other are just rifles that may get replaced someday. So my choice would be a Hawken style 54 or 58 with a old look to it. The shinny ones are nice but the old used look to me is my style.
So thanks to all again and Its just a dream of mine right now. But its going to happen someday.

 
Robert58 
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Robert58
05-16-09 01:32 PM - Post#719469    

    In response to Hacksaw

There's a couple for sell on Track of the Wolfs website that are just what you want.

Robert
NRA Life Member / TSRA Life Member


 
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