One shouldn't be looking for cheap as much as one should be looking for reliability. In the long run a reliable gun will be far more affordable than a cheap gun that requires expensive tuning and other maintenance.
The Norhtwest Trade gun by Pedersoli is a little above the target price range, but I would recommend that @JakobinWisconsin add the Pedersoli version as sold by Dixie Gun Works to his comparison list.
FR3170 Pedersoli Indian Trade Musket (dixiegunworks.com)
Other than a new off the shelf production gun, used versions turn up regularly in the Forum's classified adds.
Bit of an idiot question here but what paint did you use on the stock? Absolutely gorgeous shade of red in that picture.My Loyalist Arms LLC trade gun, which I painted the stock on, works good on squirrels...
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I replaced the factory ramrod with one that I made, and I added the flash guard so that I could use it during living history (events in my area require such) .
They are as quirky as basic trade guns were, back in the day, but they do work well.
Nah, no worries...,Bit of an idiot question here but what paint did you use on the stock? Absolutely gorgeous shade of red in that picture.
Thanks for the info, I’d been reading about painted guns and heard about the modern paints being fairly brittle. Which was the main reason I was curious about yours. Since it seemed to be holding up pretty well.Nah, no worries...,
I went to the Clay Smith trade gun site, and copied a photo, then took that to the the local box store paint counter, gave them the photo, and asked them to copy the color..... in oil-based paint.
This is the photo that I used...,
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The only problem was that when I printed out the photograph I neglected to hold it up to the screen, so it printed a little bit brighter/lighter than the Clay Smith Red... oh well they weren't that exact back in the 18th century either.
I took the paint home, and added about 1/3 boiled linseed oil to it, to try and get a bit more "elasticity" in the finish, since it was on a gun, and not on a house or shed. I was told that modern oil-based paint has chemical "driers" that can make the paint brittle and more prone to chipping.
I painted the stock and let it cure for a week, although it was pretty much "dry" after a day..., then put the gun back together, and voila..., a trade gun with which to bust around in the brush.