Black powder rifle kits

Discussion in 'Technical Questions & Information' started by ShawnDow, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. ShawnDow

    ShawnDow Member

    Jun 17, 2012
    Tawas City, Michigan
    Thinking of making a "kit" muzzle loader....

    What were the "original" finish on the old Pennsylvania black powder muzzle loaders? I some how don't think they had Hot Salts Bluing back then... So would it be Rust Brown/ Bluing? Also... the "furniture" on the old muzzle loaders... Brass... or Steel? I figured brass... cheaper? and easier to form / shape?

    Thanks for any info,
  2. Hawg

    Hawg Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2011
    Rust browning on the steel. Pennsylvania rifles did have brass furniture for the most part but many rifle makers used iron furniture.

  3. Shooter45

    Shooter45 *Administrator* Staff Member Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2001
    Here at TFF
    Go to

    They have all kinds of kits and everything else you need to complete the project.
  4. Jim K

    Jim K New Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    The originals generally had blued barrels and lockplates, with brass trigger guards, patch box covers and sideplates, and lock sideplates (on the other side of the stock). In some fancier guns, those parts were silver plated or of German silver.

    The stocks were usually maple and the screws were iron, not brass. (As one old time rifle maker asked me when I asked why iron and not brass, "Did you ever try to drive a brass screw into rock maple?")

    Some barrels were colored brown or plum.

  5. todd51

    todd51 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2009
    Central, Ohio
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