The current Pedersoli was developed with authenticity in mind. The fellow who wrote & published 'The Civil War Musket; Lock, Stock, and Barrel' was a consultant and that's probably the 'standard' at this point. In fact, the several small 'cottage industry' shops that offered 'de-farbing' of muskets went out of business largely because of the Pedersoli offering. (I think his name is Craig Barry, and he is a well known Civil War era material culture researcher.)Good luck!Which of the Enfield P53 reproductions is the best, and which are the ones to be avoided?
I've got all older Parker-Hales so I may be a bit biased I can only judge by what I've read, it's a roll of the dice. Some are nice, others finished poorly. Hopefully it was just a passing QC problem caused by Covid. Others will chime in too on their experiences who have bought them recently. No longer produced, the fit and finish on the English P-H rifles set the bar high for others IMHO.
The trouble with these straight grain stocks is the musket grain through the wrist. It's a weak point ang pretty much guarantees a break after a while.I thought they wanted more stocks out of a blank, and more of a straight grain for a stronger stock. I’m sure the elite were not concerned about the shooting comfort of the lower classes…..I don’t like the way the enfield handles either…
The Parker-Hale’s have progressive depth rifling (that gets shallower from breech to muzzle), as do the originals. It is uniform 1 in 78 twist, again as the original. It is NOT gain twist - where the pitch of rifling increases from breech to muzzle.I had a Armi Sport, it functioned fine, traded it for aParker Hale, only difference the PH had gain twist rifling and was partial to .577 diameter