I just built a Traditions .50 caliber Kentucky rifle myself. Boy howdy was it tough. Should have started with something more simple, maybe a Hawkens style kit. It turned out really nice and kept me busiy. Alot of sanding, filing and chisel work. Then all that staining of wood and brown rusting of the barrel. It was my first try and I am very proud. Many mistakes were made. Too much chisel work in places and not very good alignment of forend stock pin holes, kind of made a gap at the joint of forend and stock. You have got to make sure to clamp everything down before starting to drill. Oops! I also got impatient with driving in new Brass pins made from a toilet lift arm and punched out some of the wood around the front pin whole. Oops! Now the good stuff. Everything fits together really well. Wood stain is Home Dangler Dark red stain. Three coats. The Barrell is rust browned with Homer Dangler Dark brown. I polished up the Brass nice and shiney, like that alot. Then put car wax to preserve the shine. Looks really nice, at least to me. I will try to get some shooting done before Deer season with BP comes in January here in Texas.