The web's most comprehensive user-interactive handloading database! Find the loading data created by handloaders, for handloaders, post your pet loads, or access and develop your own online loading database with our LoadNotes personal handloading database software. This feature, unique in its concept and intuitive in it's data presentation is fast to access, superbly organized and comprehensive in scope.Our online forums for questions and answers on many shooting and outdoor related topics. A dynamic, active, and well-informed resource for your enjoyment and interaction. Our most used resource on this website! Come share the experience with us!
» Advanced

Go Back   Shooters Forum > Blackpowder > Muzzleloaders
Register FAQ Members List Donate Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read



Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 09-23-2009, 10:56 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 3
Smile A Good Quality Flintlock Rifle to Begin Hunting?


Registered Users do not see the above ad.


Hello All,
I am new to this forum and I am in the market for a flintlock rifle. At first, I was going to purchase a Traditions, but after reading several posts people have posted concerns with their locks and other items. I have a $600 dollar budget, what do you recommend for a good quality flintlock: Traditions, T/C, Lyman, Track of the Wolf?

I live in PA and I am really looking forward to hunting the late muzzeloader season. Thank you for your help and insight!!
__________________
A group of dedicated deer hunters paired off in twos for the day. That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.
"Where's Henry?" the others asked.
"Henry had a stroke of some kind. He's a couple of miles back up the trail," the successful hunter replied.
"You left Henry laying out there and carried the deer back?" they inquired.
"A tough call," nodded the hunter. "But I figured no one is going to steal Henry!"
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 09-23-2009, 01:54 PM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 241
I have a Lyman Great Plains Rifle flinter in .54 with the slow twist/round ball barrel. I couldn't be happier with its reliability and accuracy.

Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 09-23-2009, 02:32 PM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Schnecksville, PA
Posts: 2,050
Welcome to the Forum

pol6320,
Another vote for Lyman flintlocks. I have the Great Plains Rifle, Trade Rifle and Deerstalker. Check out the used gun racks and you might get lucky. I have found excellent used Lyman flintlocks for $200.00 or less. Just be careful to check the bore of used muzzleloaders because not all were cleaned properly. Hope this helps. All the best...
Gil
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 09-24-2009, 03:42 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 1,372
Another vote for the Lyman rifles. I have a Great Plains flint gun with a .50 cal barrel. It's a great shooter.
I also picked up a Green Mt. .54 (28 ga.) smoothbore barrel for the gun. That shoots nicely as well.
Pete
__________________
"Only hunting and mountain climbing are sports. The rest are just games."
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 09-24-2009, 08:09 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 3
WOW - 3 votes in a row for Lyman. Well, I spoke with a friend last night regarding this topic and he happens to know someone that is selling their Lyman flintlock. I will be calling them this evening for the details!!
__________________
A group of dedicated deer hunters paired off in twos for the day. That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.
"Where's Henry?" the others asked.
"Henry had a stroke of some kind. He's a couple of miles back up the trail," the successful hunter replied.
"You left Henry laying out there and carried the deer back?" they inquired.
"A tough call," nodded the hunter. "But I figured no one is going to steal Henry!"
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 09-24-2009, 08:42 AM
jodum's Avatar
Piney Woods Moderator
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Benton, LA
Posts: 5,136
The Lyman is a great starting place. I have owned several of their flintlocks and they were all quality arms.
Oh, and welcome to the forum.
__________________
If it ain't broke, fix it till it is. (K5JWO)
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 09-24-2009, 06:12 PM
CowboyGunNut's Avatar
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: Quarryville, PA
Posts: 392
I have a Lyman Trade Rifle and love it. Got my first and, so far only, deer with it.

I live in PA also and find the late muzzle loader season to be one of my favorites. Not as many people around and the deer seem to be less on edge than during rifle season. Good luck!
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 09-25-2009, 06:56 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 1,391
The only production rifle, better than a Lyman GPR, would be if you could find a now-discontinued Austin & Halleck Mountain Rifle.

I had an A&H .50 flinter last year that was dead-nuts accurate with the issue full buckhorn issue rear sight, which was exactly like an E-Z-2-UZE peep sight.

.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 09-25-2009, 11:17 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 3
After the replies, it seems Lyman is the way to go!

I spoke to the guy selling the used Lyman and I found out he has never fired the gun! His son bought it for him last winter and he is just too busy to get into it. It is the Trade Rifle model and he wants $275.....

I am going to look at it this weekend for sure! Archery is already starting next Saturday and I am more excited for the late season! haha
__________________
A group of dedicated deer hunters paired off in twos for the day. That night, one of the hunters returned alone, staggering under the weight of an eight-point buck.
"Where's Henry?" the others asked.
"Henry had a stroke of some kind. He's a couple of miles back up the trail," the successful hunter replied.
"You left Henry laying out there and carried the deer back?" they inquired.
"A tough call," nodded the hunter. "But I figured no one is going to steal Henry!"
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 09-25-2009, 03:11 PM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 1,391
$275 is less than half it's value.

.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 09-25-2009, 03:33 PM
HardBall's Avatar
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Shreveport, LA, Earth
Posts: 372
I've only owned caplocks but I've had two Lymans; a GPR and now a Deerstalker. They're the best muzzleloader for the money, IMHO. I've read that the Lyman flinters are reliable but some drill out the touchhole just a bit. I forget what size drill bit many use, 1/16th perhaps? If your flinter goes pzht-boom then drill out the touchole a little larger until ignition is instantaneous.

Just remember to use REAL black powder, the substitute powders, like Pyrodex, don't do well in flintlocks... Also, you can get good flints from Track if you need them.
__________________
Sean,

"Much learning doth make thee mad" - Festus
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 09-25-2009, 04:04 PM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Louisiana
Posts: 241
If you get that Lyman (GREAT price, bye the way), the first thing to do is order an RMC touch hole liner to replace the Lyman stock liner. The RMC liner has a slightly larger flash hole, but more importantly, is installed with an Allen wrench rather than a flat blade screwdriver. The socket for the Allen wrench acts to funnel the flash to the main charge.

I have something over 500 shots out of my GP with the RMC liner and have had maybe 4 or 5 failures to fire due to a flash in the pan.

Here's a picture or the RMC and Lyman liners.



For an RMC liner, go here http://rmcsports.com/catalog.htm and click on "Blackpowder Shooting Accessories" on the left side of the page, then scroll down to the RMC Flintlock Touch Hole Liner Replacements section.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 09-26-2009, 02:39 AM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 556
Lyman Trade Rifle

That is probably the best production flintlock you can buy. The local gun shop has new ones for $369.00. I have bought used ones for $200.00. Get it, you will love it. Take care...
Oberndorf
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 09-26-2009, 07:25 PM
Beartooth Regular
 
Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Alabama
Posts: 478
Check out the prices at DNR Sports: http://www.dnrsports.com/acatalog/D_...aders_649.html . They have the best prices for Lymans on the net. This is where I got my .54 Lyman GPR flint kit. It is a good solid rifle and a great shooter. Another one you can consider is the Pedersoli Blue Ridge flinters from Cabela's. I have one in .45 and it's a real dream to shoot: http://www.cabelas.com/cabelas/en/te...141&hasJS=true . All the deer calibers....45, .50 and .54 are on sale, $499. They are also made in Italy and of good quality. They are longer, slimmer and lighter than the GPRs. Now you have a choice to make between a half stock plains rifle or a full stock long rifle. Good luck.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I need a good bolt action rifle!! savageman Rifles and Rifle Cartridges 35 04-09-2011 12:50 AM
Arctic Seal Hunting Alaska_Man Hunting Stories 6 08-10-2010 06:55 PM
Hunting Waskly Wabbits recoil junky Hunting Stories 5 01-30-2008 05:11 PM
If you're undecided on an AK-47, read this! Smokey Lonesome Ex-Military Rifles & Cartridges 41 09-14-2007 07:29 PM


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 09:42 AM.

< Contact Us - Shooters Forum - Archive >

 
 

All Content & Design Copyright © 1999-2002 Beartooth Bullets, All Rights Reserved
View Privacy Policy | Contact Webmaster | Legal Information
Website Design & Development By Exbabylon Internet Solutions
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2