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My wife is giving me a rifle for Christmas!

I said we need for a grader blade for the tractor more than I need a rifle but she said tough, it's a gift. So, I ordered a Kibler Colonial in 54 cal this week (with an upgrade to "fancy" maple).
But... I had 2nd thoughts and called Jim Kibler to talk about the rifle. After a short conversation, I changed the order to a 58 cal. Nice guy to talk to, I might add.

This is going to be a fun winter project. No rush, planning on taking 2+ months to finish - wanting to try my hand at wood carving, and at altering the "look" of the rifle. My goal is to come as close as possible (within the limits of the standard Colonial stock profile) to a TN / NC / Southwest VA regional rifle (roughly 1790 - 1810) -- before builders started making the "SMR/TN" style rifle. At first glance, it looks like I'll need to lengthen the wrist, drop the heel about a half inch by giving the comb a haircut, and replace the butt plate (also considering a double set trigger). I've got volumes 1 and 2 of RCA on the way, and am hoping that will provide more information on my quest. I realize the Kibler lock may be wrong for this time period, but the English/Kibler lock will have to do for now.

As an example, this rifle was supposedly made by a Thomas Simpson for a Colonel Gasper Mansker in 1791.
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Another example, this rifle was supposedly made by a Jacob Young around 1805 - 1810 for a customer in Jackson County, TN.
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You will be happier with the .58. At about 8.6 lbs., it is hefty but lighter than the other calibers. Set triggers will add about 1/4" to the LOP and require fillers on the sides of the trigger inlet, but if you are replacing the BP the LOP is flexible.

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Congrats! NH... that’s a fine Christmas present!

I can’t wait too see how yours turn out, it sounds interesting!
Keep us posted.
 
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You will be happier with the .58. At about 8.6 lbs., it is hefty but lighter than the other calibers. Set triggers will add about 1/4" to the LOP and require fillers on the sides of the trigger inlet, but if you are replacing the BP the LOP is flexible.

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My GPR weighs in at around 9 pounds, so anything under that will feel light!
 

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