- Feb 13, 2021
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- Johnstown Colorado
I’ve been watching the Dixie GunWorks Tennessee for the last year…on this site and on gunbroker. I did not follow all guns that I found, I only collected data on guns that I would be willing to buy. So junk, abused, damaged and parts guns were ignored. They used to be going for $500.00 to $700.00, with most of them in the $600 to $675 regionRecently a shop near my work has been getting muzzleloaders in and lots of them. A local collector and enthusiast passed and his whole lot has been auctioned his remaining muzzleloaders were sold to this shop. The rifle is a Dixie Gun Works Tennesee Mountain Rifle, Barrel marked Made in Japan. It has a 41" barrel, .50 caliber and an additional lock thay comes with it only missing its spring ( frizzen spring I think ). Looks decent, bore isnt damaged neither is the stock. It is for sale for $730.00, is this a good deal or is this high for a rifle like this. It seems old maybe 1970s or 1980s manufacture. Has anyone ever seen or used these before ? Im looking for ny first flintlock rifle and Im trying to find out if this is a good rifle or something I should pass on for another rifle later on. I will post pictures later when I get off of work.
Over the last 6 months, they are edging noticeably higher…$650.00 to $850.00 seems to be the normal range, with most selling for $700 to $780. The gun could be had in .32 calibre & .50 calibre, calibre doesn’t seem to be a factor in price…both are moving higher in the auctions that I’ve followed.
These guns are barrel heavy…the .50 calibre is very barrel heavy.
L&R makes a very solid replacement lock for this gun, but read the descriptors for the lock. The gun was manufactured in both Japan and Belgium…L&Rs replacement lock drops in nicely for only one of these OEMs.
I have both calibres, .32 calibre & .50 calibre. As stated, they are ver barrel heavy…with that in mind, I’ve since converted both to 36” Coreleraine (sp) Barrels. The .32 calibre was converted to .45 calibre, and weighs in at 7.0 lbs. The .50 calibre had been converted from the original lock to a large Siler lock, by the original owner; it is now a .54 calibre and weighs in at 8.5 lbs.
Both of my guns are flintlocks, and solid tack drivers, before and after the re-barreling. The .45 calibre is now one of my favorite flintlocks, and I cannot wait for deer season this coming fall. The .54 calibre is now a solid Elk rifle, though I’m still developing a good hunting load…it seems to be very adaptive to differing ball & patch combinations. Corerleraine (sp) makes an amazing product.
I love this gun, I wish Dixie had offered it in multiple calibres, besides the limited offering of .32 & .50. In a .40 calibre…it would have been a dream to shoot…
The .50 calibre platform is just heavy regardless of calibre…in my opinion.