Traditions™ Kentucky Rifle .50 Caliber Muzzleloader Kit
very poor craftsmanship
i bought 2 a st louis hawken and the kentucky rifle kit very bad kits to start with nothing matched up i understand when buying a kit you got to finish it but not to redrill holes and grind down the breach to get it to fit i have bought kits before like the TC hawken and the most you would have to do is sand a little but i will not ever buy another tradition kit
April 7, 2008
What is was looking for
This kit is good for a winter project like doing. It takes a lot of sanding if you what it to look good.To assemble the rifle follow the instructions and you can't be wrong. I found it simple and it's a time kill if you need something to do.
September 30, 2010
First the instructions were so small you need a magnifying glass to read them, next the parts are not identyfied and you have to guess to make sure you have the right part..3 brass screws? probably for the rod barrels and so on?
The rifle was easy to put together with a little fitting. I have restored probably 30 rifles so this was no big deal. Blue or course is easy .
Now putting in the tenon pins>> just use a good square and mark the center of the tenon notch. Use a dial caliper to measure the top of the barrel to the middle of the tenon plate...be exact. Use masking tape on the sides of the wood to make marks. Intersect the lines and drill. It should hit dead center if you did it right. The instruction they include are over complicated for this.
The brass trigger guard was so far off I had to get another one ....a five week wait!....So I'm using the bad one until then.
Traditions needs to work on the instruction size and give a sheet that shows what each part is LARGER PLEASE!
I give the kit a solid 4.5
It came out great except for the trigger guard which they are replacing. Can't wait to shoot it.
It is well worth the money. The price on this quaility kit is rediculously low.
October 1, 2009
not upto basspro standards
no instructions .2 screws to long. sights don't fit barrel groves
January 7, 2010