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    Watching Jeremiah Johnson

    For sure that is how movies are made - works of art rather than historic documentation. The Hugh Glass story as history is quite different than how the movie depicted it, from what I've read. The real story is hardly free of dispute, but the bear mauling, abandonment by Fitzgerald and Bridger...
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    Watching Jeremiah Johnson

    Just watched The Revenant. Several closeups of DeCaprio’s rifle. Looks to me like a well made Lehigh Valley, possibly a Herman Rupp. Soldier’s guns look like they should, early Springfields. Story was an amazing presentation of very early 19th Century Rocky Mtn culture; especially liked how...
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    Modern vs. Period Black Powder

    I likely used an incorrect term for accuracy testing. As I understand it, the 1855 model was the first mass produced infantry musket to have rear sights. I don’t know if there is documentation for that decision, but it might represent the first glacial movement toward interest in longer range...
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    Modern vs. Period Black Powder

    I would appreciate anyone's opinion / knowledge / experience with this subject: Several years ago I acquired an original 1863 Springfield rifled musket in very good condition. Bore diameter is roughly .585. Research indicated the original charge was 50 grains, increased to 60 grains late in...
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    Tompson Center Tumbler repair

    Wow thanks for the info! Love the rifle... Only the one break in all that time.
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    Tompson Center Tumbler repair

    Just to chime in... I built a T/C Hawken 50 cal. about 45 years ago. The tumbler broke while shooting. At least back then, T/C had a lifetime guarantee on all parts. I sent the lock to the factory and a few weeks later it came back rebuilt. No charge.
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    First PLR Project

    Thanks!
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    First PLR Project

    Thanks Dave! Haven't picked a maker / style yet (extensive choices), need to peruse available plans for the first one, but it will likely be Golden Age. Right there with you on attention to detail, but for the first one I may focus more on completing a "close, and nice looking" piece. Your...
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    First PLR Project

    Yes - And thanks!
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    First PLR Project

    Thanks Phil, very helpful! Used to work at a research lab - PLR is Pennsylvania Long Rifle
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    First PLR Project

    Hello everyone! New guy from Ohio who has had the BP bug for 50 years. Built a T/C Hawkin percussion kit in the 70's and now finally have the time for a bigger challenge, a flint PLR built from scratch, probably a .45 Lancaster. I have read "The Art of Building the Pennsylvania Longrifle" and...
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