Kibler Colonial kit is on the way

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AFWilliams

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After months of reading many posts here on Kibler kits, I placed my order in January for a Colonial .54 rifled with extra fancy maple stock. This morning, I received that long awaited email (after 15 weeks) that my order was ready to ship. My thanks to all who have posted so many encouraging words about Kibler kits. Those posts went a long way in motivating me to choose a Kibler and take the plunge into this build. You all have posted pictures of some beautiful rifles. I hope that mine will come close to what you have done.
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Tacitus

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Congratulations on your future Colonial. Success is nearly guaranteed with Jim's kits. I've grown to love my SMR and the squirrels are learning to hate it.
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Rock Home Isle

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Working on mine as we speak! What did you go with for the stock?
I was torn…hard choices to make. The guns I considered were a .54 calibre WoodsRunner, a .58 calibre Smoothbore Colonial, and a .36 or .40 calibre Southern Mountain Rifle. Eventually I will own each of those guns…maybe, hopefully…

In the end, I ordered the Southern Mountain Rifle in .40 calibre with the extra grade curly Maple stock…so yeah, our stocks should be similar.

How fricken cool is that?
 
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burlesontom

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I was just looking at Kibler kits last night. What nice rifles but I doubt I will ever order one. I don't think I have the skills to do the gun justice. I have built around 7 kits so far and used to buy boogered up CVAs from pawn shops that others tried to build from kits and I would rebuild those into nice looking guns but there is a lot of difference in a CVA, TC or Investarms kit and a Kibler.

I would hate to just build it plane looking without any carving. Even incise carving would look nice but I have never done that either. The wood working and staining aren't mysteries and neither is the metal finishing. Its just the little details that make the guns look like they just stepped out of the 18th century I am not sure about.

One thing that would be in my favor is that I have always liked the "working Mans" style of gun. The simpler, less elaborate kind of gun. But I like that in my trucks too. The less fancy the better.
 
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