For a long time I wanted to try and build a flintlock rifle. About ten years ago I tackled the job and this is the result. This is a genuine "fake"
no question about it. It is .45cal. and styled after the "Carolina" rifles as I liked the trim, lean look. It has a 42" Green Mt. barrel and a Stiler lock. I picked out my stick of curly maple and picked one that was partially carved with the barrel grove and ramrod hole precut. I figured this was going to be hard enough and needed a little help to begin. All the furniture is iron and came rough cast so lots of finish work there. Had to thread and fit the breech plug. Had to cut a total of nine dovetails in the barrel for the pipes, lugs, and sights. I made my own walnut stain from walnut hulls. The finish is many coats of hand rubbed linseed oil.
I got the stick, barrel and all the parts and pieces from Golden Age Arms Co. in Ashley Ohio. The owner James R. Johnson was a tremendous help giving me a lot of advice on my first build. Cost of all materials was right around $500.00.
It took me all winter to complete the task learning many new things along the way but it was a labor of love and I am pleased with the finished product. It shoots real good too after a little work on the touch hole. It doesn't like too much powder in the priming pan. Unbelievable accuracy or so it seemed to me.
My most glaring error is in the profile of the trigger guard but by the time I saw my mistake the stock was already cut to handle this profile. Better luck next time.