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    Same Caliber For Rifle and Fusil?

    Howdy! My Mark Silver rifle is a .58 caliber. I was looking at TOTW Fusil de Chasse kit and it's available in a .58 as well. Would it be a good idea to get the Fusil in .58? My original idea was in .62/20g but just thinking if it would be a good idea to be able to use the same ball mold. New...
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    I Need Balls!

    Good afternoon gentlemen! I need to determine what ball size to use before getting a mold for my Mark Silver rifle from Jim Chambers. The rifle is .58 Caliber. Anyone know where I can get some balls of a few sizes to try out, and what sizes? I figure maybe 5-10 of three sizes? Thank you!
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    Kit vs Scratch

    So I still need to finish my Mark Silver rifle from Jim Chambers. Have been so busy I haven't even built the bench to hold it yet, but soon... Regardless, once I finish this rifle, I want to build a Fusil de Chasse, probably one for a friend first, then one for me. Trying to weigh the pros and...
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    Tomahawk Touch-up and Handle Material

    Looking to replace the handle on my Cold Steel tomahawk. I have some oak, I think white oak. Would that work, or is it too brittle? I did the carving below on the original handle with my Swiss Army Knife years ago, but the handle cracked and split with regular use. Also, any examples/advice...
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    Just rambling... about bears and shelter and just thinking...

    Never been trekking, though I have been hiking. Some thoughts are... I'd like a tent. I know the lean-to is more period correct, but I don't like the idea of a snake or other critter in by bedroll. Also, the idea of a bear. Maybe it's silly, but I already had a bear poke its nose against my...
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    Canoe Alternatives

    Just wondering what you all use for doing a trek on the water. Was looking at the imitation birchbark canoes bit at over $3,000 that's just way too much. Modern canoe would look sort of silly. All I can think of is making one of those French Bateaus. Any other options or ideas?
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    Fusil de Chasse of love

    I am looking at getting a fusil de chasse in the near future. Looking at the Track of the Wolf kit. I'd likely go with the iron because that's more authentic. Curios that they offer a threaded barrel. I have been tempted to go for that, but seems a travesty. I am about to get back on my Mark...
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    What size balls? And does silk work?

    Hello, I have a .58 caliber Mark Silver rifle from Jim Chambers. Can anyone advise as to what size balls I should shoot in it, as well as a mold? I'd like to get a bullet mold for it, but don't want to get the wrong size. Also, does a silk patch really add accuracy and range, or is that a myth...
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    Back to old kit, work stand, and advice...

    Hello! So I've been away a long time and am hoping to finally,get back to finishing my rifle and go trekking etc. Back in 2006 I purchased a flintlock kit: a Mark Silver rifle from Jim Chambers. I fit the barrel and lock, as well as the trigger (though it still needs work), did some carving...
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    Rifle Builder Help

    Hello. Been away for a while. I've had a Mark Silver rifle for about 3 years now that I have not been able to finish. :surrender: Does anyone have a recommendation as to who may be able to finish it for me? I just don't have much time to finish it. I want to get the following done: fit swipe...
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    Here are a few knives I got. Want to convert them into F&I period looking more or less, for me and for a couple of friends. Any suggestions/opinions about handles/materials designs? Thank ye! :hatsoff:
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    Witney Blanket

    Opinion: Is buying a used Witney Blanket worth it? I intend to use it for trekking and it is $90 with a hole near center smaller than a dime. Rest of it is perfect. Just wondering if it's worth getting a used one.
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    Hello everyone. Been away for a while and now am living in Colorado. I am still stuck with the trigger on my Jim Chambers Mark Silver Virginia Rifle!!! It's driving me NUTS! :surrender: I see there are videos, like the Ron Elhert one, but they seem to cover other trigger systems, not the...
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    Trigger Install

    My Jim Chambers Virginia Rifle project is on hold because I can't figure out how to properly install the trigger. I have drilled three holes for the pin and don't want to continue. I got the trigger in, but it just doesn't make sense because the pull is tremendous. I was told to cut/file the...
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    Virginia Rifle Progress

    Here are some pictures of the progress of my Virginia Rifle. Here's the barrel getting the front sight dovetail by Barbie Chambers at the Chambers workshop: A few pictures of the rifle on the bench just before getting started: The tang after shaping: The tang before bending: And here...
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    I'm trying to inlet the octagon/swamped barrel into the stock (J. Chambers MS Virginia)[yes: breechplug is removed]. I keep scraping and checking and scraping and checking, but it just doesn't seem to go all the way in. It'll often fall to one side. :cursing: Anyone: How can you tell whe the...
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    Other than checking for those nasty little things, what else do you do to keep ticks off while trekking? I have only been bitten by a tick once, and that was a week and a half ago while sitting at the baseball stadium watching the Durham Bulls.
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    I just got, and am building, a Jim Chambers Mark Silver Virginia Rifle in .58. How important is it to stick to a precise style? Is it about the basic lines, leaving room for personal enterpretation, or is it about rigidly following a particular maker's design? How much leeway for personal...
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    Got It!!!

    Well I visited Jim Chambers on Monday to try out some rifles and, after looking at several, decided on the Virginia. I got to see some originals and hold a 1750s pistol too (WOW!!!). They had everything but the barrel but, as luck would have it, Mr. Rice arrived just as I was about to go with a...
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    Speaking of them scallywags: Anyone here ever do Pyrate Reenactment? I think that'd be a fun thing to do!