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Lyman's Great Plains Flintlock Rifle....Good & Bad??

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I've read most of the threads on this website about this rifle. Since there are more and more members here, I'd like to get some more feed back. How do you like the Lyman's GPR rifle?? Its on my radar as a replacement gun to shoot in future video projects.....and...has the ability to replace the factory with a L&R lock if it needs so. I'm looking for a factory gun that will be used in pretty harsh environments where scratching it is a possibility or a probability.
Not interested in custom guns...I won't take a $1500.00 gun in such areas. I'd be on the lookout for a 50 caliber because 3 of my other guns are 50's & that means less moulds, JAG's, etc to buy.
What do you like and what do you "not" like about them...??

Good, bad or ugly....I'd love to hear from some of you that uses them.
Thanks in advance.....
 
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I've read most of the threads on this website about this rifle. Since there are more and more members here, I'd like to get some more feed back. How do you like the Lyman's GPR rifle?? Its on my radar as a replacement gun to shoot in future video projects.....and...has the ability to replace the factory with a L&R lock if it needs so. I'm looking for a factory gun that will be used in pretty harsh environments where scratching it is a possibility or a probability.
Not interested in custom guns...I won't take a $1500.00 gun in such areas. I'd be on the lookout for a 50 caliber because 3 of my other guns are 50's & that means less moulds, JAG's, etc to buy.
What do you like and what do you "not" like about them...??

Good, bad or ugly....I'd love to hear from some of you that uses them.
Thanks in advance.....
I have a left hand percussion GPR; I had the bbl. shortened, it was kind of front-heavy for me. I also stripped and "aged" all the finishes, even removed the crescent butt. They are one solid piece of gun! You're also on the right track regarding the replacement lock, but I've had no experience w/ the flint version. Good luck!
 

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I have owned a Lyman GPR .50 caliber flint for better part of 10 years. My usual load is 80-85 grs. Goex FFg with a Hornady swaged .495" round ball with .018" mink oil lubed patch. With a witness I once-upon-a-time was able to pull off a 3 shot cloverleaf at 100 yards.

Once and only once.

Groups of 4 to 5 shots in 3 and 4 inches at 100 yards has been very repeatable.

All of this was shot from a bench.

The lock has given dependable ignition - I feel my lock time is on a par with my percussion guns. I clean with Ballistol mixed 1-10 with water and store with straight Ballistol - making certain to spray some directly into the touch hole. To make sure said touch hole is clear before the first shot of the day I depend on my period correct C02 discharger.
 

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Ive owned a left handed flint gpr for at least 25 or so years. Its been a very reliable gun. I did have one wedge pin get loose and fall out (luckuly I found it) but other than that no issues.
 
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I have owned a Lyman GPR .50 caliber flint for better part of 10 years. My usual load is 80-85 grs. Goex FFg with a Hornady swaged .495" round ball with .018" mink oil lubed patch. With a witness I once-upon-a-time was able to pull off a 3 shot cloverleaf at 100 yards.

Once and only once.

Groups of 4 to 5 shots in 3 and 4 inches at 100 yards has been very repeatable.

All of this was shot from a bench.

The lock has given dependable ignition - I feel my lock time is on a par with my percussion guns. I clean with Ballistol mixed 1-10 with water and store with straight Ballistol - making certain to spray some directly into the touch hole. To make sure said touch hole is clear before the first shot of the day I depend on my period correct C02 discharger.
WOW...I'd be excited to hit the paper at 100 yards, let alone shoot that well!
 
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Ive owned a left handed flint gpr for at least 25 or so years. Its been a very reliable gun. I did have one wedge pin get loose and fall out (luckuly I found it) but other than that no issues.
I have Lyman's GP pistol & a wedge fell out of it too when it was new. I asked Lymans for a new one & they sent me one. I put a slight twist in one of them on the thin end & now it stays in solid.
 
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With a witness I once-upon-a-time was able to pull off a 3 shot cloverleaf at 100 yards.

Once and only once.



All of this was shot from a bench.


I have. 54, done that a few times.


The rifle can still do it, but these eyes can't anymore.

75g fff, and home cast balls.



I once shot a pronghorn in the back of the head on purpose at 60yds. He was bedded in the tall grass looking away, and I was prone, and solid.


Great rifles.
 

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I've read most of the threads on this website about this rifle. Since there are more and more members here, I'd like to get some more feed back. How do you like the Lyman's GPR rifle?? Its on my radar as a replacement gun to shoot in future video projects.....and...has the ability to replace the factory with a L&R lock if it needs so. I'm looking for a factory gun that will be used in pretty harsh environments where scratching it is a possibility or a probability.
Not interested in custom guns...I won't take a $1500.00 gun in such areas. I'd be on the lookout for a 50 caliber because 3 of my other guns are 50's & that means less moulds, JAG's, etc to buy.
What do you like and what do you "not" like about them...??

Good, bad or ugly....I'd love to hear from some of you that uses them.
Thanks in advance.....
I like mine and the fact that you can buy a replacement fast twist or slow twist .50 and a .54 round ball barrel that fits the same stock is a plus. Also, Lyman makes a receiver sight that fits right on with no other tools required than a screwdriver. Some say that their touchhole is too low but don’t have any problems with hangfires on mine. Big fan of your YouTube channel.
 

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I've had a GPR fifty flintlock for over 20 years. It has been accurate and reliable. I don't hunt anymore but it will knock down steel rams at 100 yards every time if I do my part. The touch hole placement was right from the start.

Jeff
 

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I've had my GPR left handed flint for 10 years or so. It shoots 3-4" groups at 100 yards if I do everything right. The limiting factor is the shooter, not the rifle.
It's a heavy, well built rifle. When I first got it the pan was not flat and would allow priming powder to leak out. Pretty annoying but easily fixed with a small file and stone.
 

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I have had my GPR for about 15 years. Very accurate and reliable,
 

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Good factory rifle. I prefer the .54 over the .50 because of weight distribution on the rifle. A larger bore might be even better but .54 is pushing it on remaining wall thickness.

Seeing .38 bore hunting guns with even wider heavier barrels just blows my mind.
 

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I've read most of the threads on this website about this rifle. Since there are more and more members here, I'd like to get some more feed back. How do you like the Lyman's GPR rifle?? Its on my radar as a replacement gun to shoot in future video projects.....and...has the ability to replace the factory with a L&R lock if it needs so. I'm looking for a factory gun that will be used in pretty harsh environments where scratching it is a possibility or a probability.
Not interested in custom guns...I won't take a $1500.00 gun in such areas. I'd be on the lookout for a 50 caliber because 3 of my other guns are 50's & that means less moulds, JAG's, etc to buy.
What do you like and what do you "not" like about them...??

Good, bad or ugly....I'd love to hear from some of you that uses them.
Thanks in advance.....
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Let me start by saying the LGP cap .54 is way up on my list of guns I'd love to own. That gun is just dead sexy. Having said that, I know there may be as many as three iterations of the same gun. The first and oldest seem to be the ones to get. Superior fit and finish with a real eye for detail. That company wanted to sell a boat load of guns and that level of quality was hard to get at the original asking price. The second batch had some minor fitment problems and quality control issues. Still a good gun but easy to tell the difference from the initial offering of the same model. I think there may have been some corporate shenanigans involved. The third batch seems to be hit or miss. I've heard people say their guns were "perfect out of the box" and others pick details that probably should have been corrected at the factory. What I have NEVER heard was that these guns shoot bad. I read where a guy bought a lightly used LGP and tore it apart and addressed every shortcoming the gun had. When it was done, it was as good a gun as I've seen anywhere on this forum. So it is possible to make a customized version of this gun with some time and effort. I do some gun work so I'm not ruling out a LGP that needs a little TLC.
I have printed out a few full color brochures for the LGP cap .54 and left them strategically around my home where my wife hangs out though, LOL
NEIL
 
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I've had one for some years, now. I like it and it has been dependable.
Ron
 

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If you're interested, Mike Bellevue on the shootest den has a whole series on building this rifle from a Lyman's kit. Now you could go that route or just watch the series so you can correct any deficiencies you find on a used or new rifle.
Neil
 

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Just plain fine gun and very traditional looking. Flint lock half stock plains guns were rare at best, but unless your a dyed in the capote living history buff there is nought wrong with the gun. You’ll be welcome most anywhere with it and will shoot as well as you can hold. #1 gun IMHO in its price range or up to twice as much.
 
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