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    Screw issue - Traditions Frontier kit

    Well, the screws coming out are about all of the good news for now :( I started dry fitting the lock and trigger assembly. The shoulder for the lock is no where near deep enough to get the two machine screws to engage from the other side - unless I cut a "pit" like the Hawken uses. Trigger is...
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    Screw issue - Traditions Frontier kit

    Update - got all the screws out! Took one of my needle files and created a but more slot, got it turned enough to grab with pliers. Turns out one of the screws on the other side was a bit challenged in the slot as well. Ruined both of them, but will replace with steel anyway. Looks like putty in...
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    Screw issue - Traditions Frontier kit

    I’ll look up slotting file. As they’re going to be blackened anyway, steel screws shouldn’t be an issue.
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    Screw issue - Traditions Frontier kit

    Starting my Frontier kit, went to pull the "backing plates" for the wedge (intend to brass black all the brass), looks like one of the screw is missing half its slot :( Once I get it out, should be an easy fix with a fine hacksaw blade - but how do I "finish" the slot? Right now I'm thinking...
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    Opinion on Hawken kits

    Forgot to post - it arrived. Sanding materials I have, will likely use BC Brass Black on the brass and Laurel Mountain Forge Barrel Brown and degreaser on the barrel. Ordered .490 ball and patches today :)
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    Opinion on Hawken kits

    Tomorrow according to UPS :)
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    Opinion on Hawken kits

    Ordered the kit a bit ago 😜
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    Opinion on Hawken kits

    I think I’ll pull the trigger on this mañana. Now to source building supplies and loading info
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    Opinion on Hawken kits

    That's what I'm seeing as well. No patch box isn't an issue with us
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    Opinion on Hawken kits

    Looks like the Frontier has a nicer rear sight than the Hawken
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    Opinion on Hawken kits

    Deercreek has a Traditions Frontier Rifle in .50 What exactly is a "Frontier Rifle"?
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    Opinion on Hawken kits

    He and I have watched all of Nate's videos on the 3Rivers website - he said he would be perfectly happy with a copy of "that one" :)
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    Opinion on Hawken kits

    Now to find one in stock. I'm on the "notify" list for Midway, also for 3Rivers. Sadly 3Rivers sent me an email a few weeks ago that they were in stock - Yahoo decided it was SPAM :(
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    Opinion on Hawken kits

    I think we'll go the Traditions route, as it's been said - the extra $$ will get a mold and some other accessories. I have all Colt reproduction revolvers currently. Funny thing - I have a musket size nipple wrench already, accidentally ordered it off my phone late one night.
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    Opinion on Hawken kits

    Somewhat of a moot point as neither is available right now, but thinking of one of these two for the 11 year old and I to put together. Opinions? https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1002293769?pid=346664...
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    SOLD New Orleans Ace .44 kit

    Still available?
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    Greetings from Southern California

    Welcome from a fellow SoCal'er (Lakewood)
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    Checked the balls for size today

    I was surprised with the Walker, really thought I was going to have to go up to .457 Edit - the .44 balls are .454, not .451
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    Checked the balls for size today

    Loaded up a couple of cylinders in each today to see if I’d get that nice shaved ring of leaf. The Walker and both of the 1860’s were fine with .451, the 1851 was fine with .380 Not sure I’m happy with .320 in the 1849, not much of a shave and the loading ram actually pulled the ball back out...
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