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Buying used muzzleloaders
Hunting and discussion with Muzzle Loaders, Archery and other Primitive weapons

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Gil Martin
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 4:58 am    Post subject: Buying used muzzleloaders Reply with quote

My favorite gun shop gets in used muzzleloaders from time to time and sells them at very attractive prices. I managed to get a mint .50 T/C Hawken flintlock for $100.00. A pair of Lyman Great Plains Rifles cost me a about $188.00 each. I gave all of these rifles very careful inspections in the shop. Upon arriving home, they were completely disassembled, thoroughly cleaned and the wood treated with boiled linseed oil. Once reassembled they look like new.

I have noticed a few things about some used muzzleloaders:

The bores on some are rusted and pitted due to apparent improper cleaning methods used by prior owners. I never buy rifles with bad bores.

Jaw screws may have defaced slots from attempts to tighten them with either an ill-fitting screwdrivers or too much torque. Their is a hole in the jaw screw that will allow tightening it with a finishing nail or small allen wrench and save the screw slot.

Even in cases where the bores are properly cleaned, one often encounters surface rust on the barrel and lock areas. Seems the cleaning process was incomplete.

Touch hole bushings usually need to be replaced, if you can get them out.

Finally, sight bases may be marred by attempts to adjust windage by using improper tools.

All of these things except damaged bores can be corrected easily. All the best...

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 7:34 pm    Post subject: Re: Buying used muzzleloaders Reply with quote

I'll buy a T/C with a bad bore because of the readily available replacement barrels.

The human mind is the weapon, the gun is just one of its tools.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 18, 2006 8:07 pm    Post subject: Re: Buying used muzzleloaders Reply with quote

it is amazing tho how good a bad bored ML can be.

i bought one that was a mess with gouges and pitting and rust in the bore. 50 cal traditions left handed. after a good cleaning and using .495 ball patched and 90 grains of pyrodex and it still shot 1 inch groups at 100 yards.

the big slow balls really line out by themselves when pushed to 1900 fps or so.
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