Brown Bess Replica Source

Brown Bess Replica Source

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    Brown Bess Replica Source

    I know I have more than a couple of smoke pole brothers on DC. Hopefully, one of you can help me out. I'm looking for information on good quality Brown Bess replicas. I've been thinking of adding one for some fun range time. Any recommendations, information, or links you can share would be appreciated. Thanks!


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    Mine is a Pedersoli kit I bought from Navy Arms in the early 90's. Dixie Gun Works probably has it, too.

    Dixie Gun Works muzzleloading, blackpowder and rare antique gun supplies.

    Assembly is easy. I lightly sanded the beautiful walnut stock and applied tung oil in several hand rubbed coats.

    Woodworker.com: 100% Pure Tung Oil For Fine Finishes, Pure Tung Oil

    According to Lyman's Black Powder Handbook, it handles 150gr FG behind a .735 patched ball, but I rather enjoy 120 gr. The colonists would place a ball in the hand and just cover it with powder for their charge, about 60-70grs. Also, a 10ga wad for steel shot just slips down the bore, if you want to send a couple oz of whatever into the air. It's a hoot to shoot.
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    I built one of these. It was a great project that I really enjoyed working on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gunthorp View Post
    Mine is a Pedersoli kit I bought from Navy Arms in the early 90's. Dixie Gun Works probably has it, too.

    Dixie Gun Works muzzleloading, blackpowder and rare antique gun supplies.

    Assembly is easy. I lightly sanded the beautiful walnut stock and applied tung oil in several hand rubbed coats.

    Woodworker.com: 100% Pure Tung Oil For Fine Finishes, Pure Tung Oil

    According to Lyman's Black Powder Handbook, it handles 150gr FG behind a .735 patched ball, but I rather enjoy 120 gr. The colonists would place a ball in the hand and just cover it with powder for their charge, about 60-70grs. Also, a 10ga wad for steel shot just slips down the bore, if you want to send a couple oz of whatever into the air. It's a hoot to shoot.
    That sounds like too much fun to be legal. Sorry. Now I kinda want one. And one of those little cannons... the little 50cal cannons that sit on a tabletop... yeah...
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    Yeah, once you go black-powder, you never go back.

    To demonstrate the evolution of the pistol, I have replicas of these:
    1807 Harper's Ferry 58 cal flintlock w/ 10" rifled bbl;
    Philadelphia Derringer 45cal caplock, like the one used in the Ford Theater;
    and an 1851 Colt Navy 44cal caplock six-shooter, a favorite of Wild Bill Hickock.

    The 1807 is the most fun.
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    My suggestion would be absolutely to build one. Really take your time and do it right.
    You are (in effect) creating a family heirloom that can be passed down gen to gen.

    You can personalize it a bit AKA do something unique with the stock (that makes it yours) and many years from now future family members can talk about the rifle that belonged to Great Great Great Grandpappy ctr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QKShooter View Post
    My suggestion would be absolutely to build one. Really take your time and do it right.
    You are (in effect) creating a family heirloom that can be passed down gen to gen.

    You can personalize it a bit AKA do something unique with the stock (that makes it yours) and many years from now future family members can talk about the rifle that belonged to Great Great Great Grandpappy ctr.
    I tried about 20 years ago to build a Hawken from scratch. I did not have the skills, tools, or patience so you can guess what happened. Funny how a guy can build houses for charity but can't do the detail work on a nice muzzleloader. Go figure.

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    You might also check Track of the Wolf. I believe they have the Brown Bess, but II think they are VERY pricy.
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    Pedersoli is your best source for a Second Model. Track of the Wolf had a First Model advertised recently in the $2500 range. Biggest difference for shooting between the two is the Second Model has more drop in the stock and is a little easier to shoulder and aim.

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    Thanks for the suggestions, I appreciate it.

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