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Just joined the forum the other week. I've been involved with flintlocks since I finished a Dixie Gun Works kit in 1976. It was a kit that I received from my father as a Christmas present.

I still have the rifle but unfortunately it has never been a consistent shooter. I am currently working on a Lancaster County rifle that I started to build in 1980. Life has a way of getting in the way of plans.

I joined the forum to gather some info as I work on finishing the rifle. Hopefully, I will get it finished and sighted in before muzzle loading season gets going later in the year.
 

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Just joined the forum the other week. I've been involved with flintlocks since I finished a Dixie Gun Works kit in 1976. It was a kit that I received from my father as a Christmas present.

I still have the rifle but unfortunately it has never been a consistent shooter. I am currently working on a Lancaster County rifle that I started to build in 1980. Life has a way of getting in the way of plans.

I joined the forum to gather some info as I work on finishing the rifle. Hopefully, I will get it finished and sighted in before muzzle loading season gets going later in the year.
As you will learn on the forum, each muzzleloading rifle has it's own likes and dislikes. Finding the right combination of ball size, patch thickness, powder load and lube takes a little testing but it is well worth it.

I've seen rifles that shot a pattern of 10 inches at 50 yards go down to groups of less than 2 inches at the same distance but shooting the gun with different loads was needed to find the right combination.

bpd303 is right too. The Gun Builder's Bench is just the place to get tips and ideas about building your rifle.
We have many excellent builders who will be more than happy to help you with any question you might have. :)
 

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Thanks for the welcome guys. I hope to get some time in on the rifle this weekend. Unfortunately, not much free time with my busy schedule. I did take some time over the last couple of weeks to make some authentic 18th century boiled Linseed oil and brown varnish using Eric Kettenburg's article from Muzzle Blasts.
https://www.muzzleblasts.com/archives/vol5no2/articles/mbo52-1.shtml
I used the BLO on my first tomahawk and I was really impressed with the finish. It will be interesting to see how the brown varnish comes out.
 

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