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    Has any one here built their own flintlock rifle? Was it from a kit? I am trying to find books or plans to build a kentucky long rifle from scratch, does anyone have any recommendations?

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    I've done both. What might be the easiest for you would be to get one of semi-Inletted parts kits from someone like "Track of the Wolf". When you finish it out you basically with have a customs an authentic rifle/fusil. Totally different that a mass produced kit.

    You would also have a choice on the school of rifle you would like to recreate. It's not that hard and you do not need just a whole bunch of expensive woodworking or power tools. There used to be a book by a Mr. Dixon, I believe it was called "Recreating the Pennsylvania Longeifle" that is extremely helpful!

    Good luck!
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    Track of the Wolf also has a ton of books/DVDs on building.

    I've done some kit work, mostly the wood shaping and finishing the wood and metal. With the arthritis and Carpal Tunnel in my hands, I can't do a full build.

    Also, Jim Chambers (flintlock.com) offers REALLY good kits.

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    TVM has kit guns as well..

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    Most builds these days are a lock stock and barrel assembly project.

    Stocks can be anything from a blank, you do all the work....... or partial inlet-ed for barrel lock trigger and finishing work.
    Purchased lock, purchased barrel, purchased furniture, (trigger guard, thimbles, patch box), and various parts fitting, assembly, and finishing.

    Built several many years ago, all percussion rifles and pistols and one revolver....all from kits.

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    Although it is not a guide on building a flintlock rifle you should find a copy of Foxfire book number 5. It goes into great detail how the old masters built flintlocks. They interviewed the late Hacker Martin who built the finest flintlocks up until the latter 1970s. They also interviewed Hershel House who arguably makes the finest flintlocks at this time. Methods of browning barrels and finishing stocks are covered as well as a multitude of other things pertaining to flintlock rifles.

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    Here's my dream rifle, I just don't have a grand to spend on it.
    http://www.trackofthewolf.com/Catego...TS-LIST/KIT-JD

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    First, we need to clarify "KIT". there are kits from the big manufacturers which are basically ready to assemble with minor fitting, and finish the wood and metal to your tastes.

    Then there are the "kits" from small traditional blackpowder companies that offer resonable copy of actual historically correct guns, in the model of your liking. These are not so much "kits" as they are parts sets. and as such will need far more than Minor fitting and finishing.

    buy a book, or 2. the Gunsmith of Genville county is one. and it has just been reprinted.

    and 2. recreating the pennsylvania longrifle, By Dixon. I bought 1 then the other. Both are excellent, and will give you the step by step, and also the "why" you do this step before that step.

    Track of the wolf

    Pecatonica river longrifle supply (i buy my stocks from Dick)

    Muzzleloader builders supply

    TVM

    Jim chambers(pretty much the cream of the crop)

    Good luck and it is addicting, im on #8(actually accumulating parts for #8)

    a few words of advise, actually 1. SLOW!!!! take your time inletting, a sliver at a time if you have to, it will make a definite diference in the finished product.

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