TJM----For some reason smoothbores are the highest priced. I can buy 5 tradition .50 cal for what one trade gun costs. 25 years ago, I built a 20 gauge flintlock and the parts cost $500 and it took me 40 hrs to finish. I have an original 14 gauge double and a 32 gauge percussion. Jim Bridger carried a 28 gauge flint trade gun.(Not no Hawkin) I took a 50 cal flint pistol and reamed it smooth for a campfire gun. I have toyed with the idea of fitting a shotgun barrel to a cheap percussion. If I had to survive in the wilderness for the rest of my life, I would pick my 20Gauge Trade gun. Round ball for big game and shot for small game. I could make my own powder and use all kinds of things for projectile and get flint out of the creek.
Mike, that is why I don't have a .62 smooth bore, how can it be more costly for a straight tube than a rifled tube. I passed on a new looking 12ga sxs percussion a few years back and have wore out a pair of boots kicking me since.
Don't believe many real wilderness hunters carried Hawkins gun, and even fewer carried cap guns. Rocks were every where and caps came from far away. Spare flints could get wet and still be used spare caps not so much.
In 1977, Dixie sold all kinds of Belgium gun parts cheap. That's how Turner got his start is going over there and buying a 100 yr old warehouse of parts. He used to offer a Belgium half stock 20 gauge percussion for $29.95......I begged my Dad to loan me the money and he said I didn't need one. I have a 20gauge Remington that nobody has ever seen before in the US. It was made to export to South America. I got it from an old man who said his Dad used to carry it on the spring wagon. It looks like a single shot break open but it is a muzzleloader. There is a guy on guns America that has two muzzleloading shotguns for $250 each. They are a 20 and 28 gauge just plain jane. They are from South America and they were used for killing monkeys. They are shootable and I trust they don't have any monkey on them. Let me know if you need me to track them down.
Trevis , I got a local deal on powder . In 1982 I paid $300 for my flint fowler in the white . You should see some of the nice shotguns at friendship , very nice . I met ole Kranky at a shoot in 90 , just in passing . I shot a lot with Hervy Thompson from Holden Mo then .
Wonder if ole spider Murphy is still alive from blue spring ? Come by , bring your gun and we will shoot and eat food . I will get some Yingling for those that partake .
oh and I found a tang on Facebook .
Last Edit: Jun 19, 2017 10:27:32 GMT -6 by raymond
Ray-I can remember CVA flintlocks for $75 and not a bad gun. Our club bought a bunch of Chinese powder. It is in brown sacks and has a little dirt in it. It is half the price of Goex and about the quality of what Sterling Price marched across Missouri with.
I'll pass on buying on line right now. Long guns are like boots no matter how good they look, they got to fit right too.
I got a pound or two of powder still, but it's been several years since we had any one local dealing it. Seems like one year there were 30+ BP gun shops within 30 miles of me and two years later only one and it was 50+ miles away. Then Bob got murdered and his son in law runs the shop 3 days a week or such and it's the three days that I ain't never there on. He was the archery end of the store and I'm not even sure he still keeps powder. Guess the inlines killed the MLs. Hazard freight on powder is next door to outrageous.
Cva's was alright , they got a lot of guys started . Always wanted a cva big bore , don't ask me why . I am going to put together that full stock Hawken ,always wanted one of those also , back in the day I made a very nice leman Indian trade rifle , then lost interest .
The guy that built my rifle was given 2 boxes of horns and flasks , a lot of the horns have measuring spouts on them , I think I will pick them up for future shooters ,suppose to have a friend with a pile of rifle kits also .
Man it's nice to be shooting again . I get up go shoot ,work in my buildings , go to work if someone calls , come back and shoot more if it's not to hot . Going to put in a silhouette range here as soon as I can get them made .
bverboy: yup.. joe told me so
Feb 25, 2017 19:20:11 GMT -6
raymond: I heard Joe was bringing an sr22 for everybody at his table . Thanks Joe .
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Walleye Joe: You need your hearing checked Ray!
Mar 10, 2017 20:21:31 GMT -6
krank: He said "Lesser fun for you" not "SR22".....
Mar 14, 2017 11:29:03 GMT -6
farmnhunter: If you want to avoid feline, you can't use any meat or fish item or scent. Try a piece of black licorish covered by dairy feed, or lucky charms or corn/koolaid (mix 1 qt whole corn with a package of grape koolaid)
Apr 5, 2017 19:42:37 GMT -6