Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I measure my Length Of Pull (LOP) on my body & on a rifle?
Bend your elbow to a 90 degree angle while in the shooting position. Measure from the bend in your elbow to the tip of your
trigger finger. On average a male between 5'8'' - 6'1'' will measure a 14'' LOP.
2. How do I get the total length of a rifle?
Measure the length of the barrel +your length of pull + 2 inches=Total Length of Rifle
Example: 42" barrel + 14" length of pull + 2"= 58" (Total Length Of Rifle)
3. What are the advantages of upgrading to a Swamped Barrel?
A swamped barrel is tapered from the ends toward the center of the barrel. This removes a few ounces of the weight and
brings the balance back toward the shooter and the barrel isn't as front heavy.
Which is better, A straight octagon or swamped barrel?
Either barrel choice is excellent. The decision is based solely on the shooter's preference.
4. What tools do I need to build a kit?
Each builder uses different tools and techniques. Here are a few suggestions:
5. What is "In The White"?
Assembled and totally functional but unfinished. The metal furniture and stock will be left for the customer to finish.
Please note: "In is NOT a kit. It is a full build, therefore, an "in the white" order will be added to the build waiting list.
6. What is the difference in "Radius Bottom Rifling" & "Square Bottom Rifling"?
"Radius Bottom Rifling" is round rifling grooves instead of "Square Bottom" which is square shaped grooves inside the barrel.
Many say "Radius" rifling seems easier to load and clean.
7. Why do you use Type F transmission fluid for oiling a rifle?
The Type F transmission fluid is an inexpensive paraffin based oil that does not hurt the stock.
8. How do I place an order & what is required?
You may place an order by downloading our Order Form at the very bottom of this page, email it to us, send it to us in the mail, or you may call the shop and place your order over the phone. A 30% Non-Refundable Deposit is required when placing an
order. Please be sure to keep in mind a $30.00 change order fee will be applied to any changes made to your order after it is placed and entered into our system.
9. What type of payments do you accept?
We accept personal check, money orders, or cashiers check.
10.What size flint is needed for each caliber?
The flint size is not measured by the size of the caliber. The flint is measure by the size of the lock. Not all small locks are only for smaller calibers and not all large locks are only for larger calibers.
11. What size patch is needed for loading my muzzleloader?
The diameter of the patch should be the same diameter as the muzzle. For smaller balls a 0.015 (15 thousandths of an inch thickness) patch is used and for larger balls a 0.012 (12 thousandths of an inch thickness) patch is used.
12. What size ball is needed for each caliber rifle?
13. How much blackpowder is needed for each caliber?
A good rule of thumb for any new muzzleloader is to start with 1 grain per caliber.
14. How do I sight in my rifle?
Click the icon to view or download complete instructions for sighting in your rifle.
- 1/16 or #52 drill bit
- Sanding supplies
32 caliber= .315 or .310
36 caliber= .355 or .350
40 caliber= .395 or .390
45 caliber= .445 or .440
50 caliber= .495 or .490
54 caliber= .535 or .530
58 caliber= .575 or .570
62 caliber= .610 or .600
- Wood chisels
- Screw drivers
- 9/64 or #29 drill bit
- Rawhide Mallet
- 8/32 Tap