Go on line Fire up your web browsers search engine and type in muzzleloading clubs in your state. you will probably find one
close to you. Most of us are a friendly bunch and would be glad to help out a beginner .
A lot of people got into black powder shooting in the sixties , Dixie gun works and others sold gun parts and kits
to build muzzleloaders . Some builds were awful good and some were just awful, but they went bang and that
This one looks like a 1960 ish build to me
Do check your lock after every shot. is the flint still clamped tightly in the cock? still sharp? is it time move it forward ? Do wipe the fowling off the flint,frizzen and out of the pan. This little drill will go a long way in making you lock reliable .
if you are terminally tight like me or just short of cash
for balls the best deal is a 5lb. box of double o buckshot any store that carrys reloading supplies should have it. patches? got to your local fabric store and get some 100% cotton pocket drill a yard will last you a long time
all browning solutions will give you a good finish the secret is doing the prep work. make sure the part is completely
free of oil including your fingerprints and sanded or draw filed smooth not shiny just smooth .
The other big secret is read and follow the darn instructions:)