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Are the Traditions Kits worth having or are they junk? Looking at a Kentucky Long Rifle 50 cal $169
 

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well, if your handy and not handsome, they can be a good shooting gun.
If you think you'll get 600$ worth shooting gun, out of a 169$ kit your dreaming.
Traditions bought the rights to the old cva splitstock kentucky a few years back.
The cva splitstock kentucky was called a "jukar" back in the 70's
There are tip's and tricks to make those old jukars shoot damn well!

Ya know? where are they listed at 169$ I think I might just do one again.
 

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you can make a reasonable rifle from the kits .
depending on the time frame "if that concerns you at all " the two piece stock is also correct for a late percussion gun . Whats not correct is the way the they hold the stock together . There are a number of examples where the maker even used a silver plate to join the stock section just as traditions does and CVA did ..
The main problem with the traditions kits are their overall quality .
Locks are often weak . Their choice of wood for the stock is IMO sub standard and often a lower quality even for this wood type .
You will also need to watch the lock inlet . I have seen a few where it doesn’t allow the hammer to line up correctly on the nipple .
That all being said IMO if this is your first rifle that you are looking at building , they make for a reasonable experience . Some issues you can deal with , others ,,,,,,, well you just have to accept them

Here is a picture of a traditions Kentucky I recently built for the Traditional muzzleloading Association drawing . That will give you some idea of what can be done .
With this rifle the trigger guard came broken thus I hand cast a new one . Also notice that the I have gave it a side plate as well as cast a new nose cap from pewter .
The wood of the stock also does not yield well to carving and chips out easily so any caving you do will not be crisp so don’t try to get to intricate .






 

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:D ;D leave it to captchee to berate the gun, then show you photos of one he did that's better than the rest ;) :D :D ;D gadd's ::) gotta love ya!
those things after break in; shoot better than most people do ;D
thanks for the link; I'm gonna get me one ;)
 

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:-[ man ?? dont know how to take that LOL

i think people should know what they are getting in for .
but you are most correct once things get worked out they work and shoot just fine

i will tell you honestly i would rather build 10 custom guns then have to build that traditions gun above again LOL thats the hands down fact of the mater
 

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Forest2 Have you found it at the website? I can't find it. They have it in their catalog item #TKR5220. I did a search on that item # and still no luck. I sent them an email maybe I will find out tomorrow.
 

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For get about Bowhunters Superstore. Sent them an email and they said because of eBay and paypal they had to quit selling them. I ask why it was in the catalog then and I quote"" because we can't go house to house and rip out that page"" I will not buy anything from them anymore. Sportsmans Guide has em for $179
 

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WELL I BROKE DOWN AND ORDERED ONE TODAY. SHOULD GO GOOD WITH MY 32 ,45, 50 HAWKIN TYPES AND MY 45 AND 50 INLINES. I KNOW THAT 1 IN 66" TWIST IS FOR PATCH AND BALL BUT WITH THE LONGER BARREL WILL THEY SHOOT SOMETHING LIKE A LEE REAL BULLET OR A MINNI HALFWAY DECENT?
 

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Mine shoots a 295 grain powerbelt out to 50 yards pretty well. Anything over 50 yards is a lucky hit. I honestly would just stick to a PRB. Theres also the PA conical or the Ball-et you can give a try. They really are sweet shooters. I polished the lock on mine today and its so much smoother now.
 

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That is about what I thought. My 45 and 50 cal Hawkins type shoot em pretty good at 50 yds. ya don't know where they are going to go at a 100
 

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I was at bass pro yesterday and they had them in their sale for $165 the pistol and the Kentucky rifle. I found them and I still haven't made up my mind if I want to order it yet
 
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