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Hello all,

After much deliberation and advice from fellow members of this forum, I have decided to build an Isaac Haines rifle from Jim Chambers Flintlocks. I have never done anything this in depth before, but I have no doubt that I have the capabilities to do so. I might need to rely on some of the expertise of this group to help me through this process. However, before I purchase this "kit", I would like to gain some knowledge from those that have been down this path before. What can I expect? What are some resources that you recommend before I dive in head first? One of the biggest questions I have, however, is what are some of the tools that you recommend? Before I go spending a lot of money on things that I don't really need, what are the must-haves of rifle building? Files, clamps, saws, calipers, inletting chisels, scrapers, bits, etc... What do you fund invaluable, and what do you find unnecessary? Any advice or help is appreciated from folks who know a lot more than I do.
 

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Easiest way to answer all of your questions is to do a search. All of what you've asked has been gone over many times.

Chambers are great kits, I've done 3 of them and was in your shoes before my first. By the way, I would purchase your kit asap and then learn about how to go about it. There can be a substantial wait time for it to be shipped, I waited from 4 months to over a year for mine although I did have wood upgraded which was part of the issue, covid panic-demic was another.
 
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Hello all,

After much deliberation and advice from fellow members of this forum, I have decided to build an Isaac Haines rifle from Jim Chambers Flintlocks. I have never done anything this in depth before, but I have no doubt that I have the capabilities to do so. I might need to rely on some of the expertise of this group to help me through this process. However, before I purchase this "kit", I would like to gain some knowledge from those that have been down this path before. What can I expect? What are some resources that you recommend before I dive in head first? One of the biggest questions I have, however, is what are some of the tools that you recommend? Before I go spending a lot of money on things that I don't really need, what are the must-haves of rifle building? Files, clamps, saws, calipers, inletting chisels, scrapers, bits, etc... What do you fund invaluable, and what do you find unnecessary? Any advice or help is appreciated from folks who know a lot more than I do.
If your not allready familiar with tools its rather a bold step . George Shumway, Buckle, & the other fellows Book is a good start' Recreating the Long rifle ' or some such title .The tools Ide use might not be other makers choice .But with the Chambers kit your onto a nice basic . Only produceing some guns will give you the best ability to tackle any thing of the sort .Ive been at it for years and still learning .Not sure that helps but can't hurt any .
Regards Rudyard
 
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Hi,
This will help. Always use the website search function because this topic has come up a lot.


Read all the text because there is a lot of information provided.

dave
 

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I've built 2 Chambers' Early Lancasters and although there were some errors, nothing that couldn't be fixed. Learned a lot from these parts sets even though I previously had built 4 LRs from blanks......Fred
 
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Thank you guys for the help. However, since I originally posted this, I have done a lot of reading and educating myself on the fact that I need to start with something a little simpler. I jumped on the Kibler bandwagon and as such, a Colonial kit is on order. I will build up some tools and do some more learning this winter. I can say that this forum has taught me a lot just from reading about and gawking at the fine work of you guys that have been at this longer than I’ve been alive. So since joining this forum, my goals have changed and I’m going to start simple and work my way up. My eventual goal would be to build a rifle from a blank, because I like to set my goals high, but that will be many winters from now. If anyone knows of any classes in the greater central Illinois area for a newbie like me, that would be helpful if I could find time for such a thing. Again, thanks for your input, and sorry for the rambling post. Gavin
 
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