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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 10-25-2018, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Well,

I have been wanting to build my own kit muzzleloader for years, and I have been toying with the idea of trying my hand at a flint rifle too. I have also been wanting a .54 cal as well. So I decided today that I was going to knock out all three birds with one stone.

I purchased a lyman .54 caliber Great Plains rifle flint kit this morning, and I am anxiously awaiting its arrival.

Now, I am going to need a lot of hand holding on this one folks, I have never built one, and I have zero experience with a flint gun.

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You will love it!!! I bought my first in the 70s...
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Congratulations friend!

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I won’t lie, I’m as anxious as a school girl on prom night
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Excellent choice for a first!
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Excellent choice for a first!
I have been reading and researching for awhile now, and the lyman seemed to be the best in quality and materials. I was going to get the traditions kit, but in the end the lyman won out.

Now I am expecting to get my kit in a few days and I want to start gathering my materials ill need to start working on it.


I want to stain the stock a lighter color and any dark wood grains the walnut stock has to pop out a darker color.

Similar to this pic. I stole this pic from the internet, and its just for reference. The top one is the color I am thinking about. What type of stain would you all recommend to get the desired looks?

Now for the barrel, I really like the plum brown finish. Past that I havent though much about it.
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I have found the minwax brand stains the best for stock work walley world carries a good line of it in our area but all woods react different to the same color of stain so you may need to find some scrap wood same as the gun and experiment. If you lifted the pictures off the net by any chance did it mention color and brand of stain also contact the company that makes the kit they may have some color recommendations for you. go real slow on the fitting don't remove all wood at once remove and try remove and try you can always remove more you cant put back.



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I have found the minwax brand stains the best for stock work walley world carries a good line of it in our area but all woods react different to the same color of stain so you may need to find some scrap wood same as the gun and experiment. If you lifted the pictures off the net by any chance did it mention color and brand of stain also contact the company that makes the kit they may have some color recommendations for you. go real slow on the fitting don't remove all wood at once remove and try remove and try you can always remove more you cant put back.



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I will do that for sure. I am not much of a wood worker, but i do alot of blacksmithing, and grinding metal is very similar. you take it slow, once you take it off, you cant put it back.
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I have done plum brown and blue, and I do like the plum brown best on traditional muzzleloaders. And I concur on the minwax for this application, although I did one just with linseed oil, and its going on 30 years without needing a touch up.
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I have done plum brown and blue, and I do like the plum brown best on traditional muzzleloaders. And I concur on the minwax for this application, although I did one just with linseed oil, and its going on 30 years without needing a touch up.

I would love to see some pics of that! Yea the plum brown looks good imho.
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