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    I Full filled a Dream Today.

    Way back in 1978, when I first saw the Lyman Great Plains rifles I knew I wanted /needed one. But they were outside my budget.
    Fast forward 40 years and I stopped by the local marina and Gun store to talk to one of guys there. Looking at the gun display I spotted a Greener shot gun, turns out it was a Chinese copy. But on the end of the rack was a muzzle loader.
    Turned out to be a Lyman Great Plains rifle in 50 caliber, a true safe queen, unfired with the box and papers from 1983. A gentleman I had known for years had brought in his guns and folding knives to consign as he was moving to a retirement Community.
    Two Ben Franklin's and the rifle is mine. I doubt that it will be fired, but it will be nice hanging over the fireplace.
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    Good for you. Percussion or flint?

    You really ought to shoot it sometime. It might hook you. They are fun and bring us back to more simple pleasures.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chill Wills View Post
    Good for you. Percussion or flint?.
    Good question, it's percussion.

    As for shooting it, I may. Depending on time available. The first gun I ever bought was a Colt Navy replica. I have a beautiful 45 call. I line that I don't shoot as it's too hard to clean.
    And I found a very nice Hawes Navy replica in the house I am clearing out.
    I love the smell of black powder smoke.
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    Excellent! Just excellent!
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    Congrats, likely going to be a good shooter and at a great price
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    There is always room for one more! Good luck with it!
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    congrats man, great find glad your dream came true, now find another one so you can shoot lol

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    Nice find, congrats. I had the same kind of luck from a local message board, found a flinter in unused condition, just a few hanger marks. Same price as yours. I'm giving mine to my son when he leaves the Nat'l Guard as a thank you for his service.

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    I wish I still had mine, they love a .495 RB, with a .015 lubed pillow ticking patch, 50 grs of 3fffg for target work, 85-90 grains for hunting1

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    My Lyman Plains Pistol .54 cal will stay here while others come and go.

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    Nice! Glad to hear of your good fortune!


    I have always wanted one myself. Maybe someday.
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    Good deal! Now get out there and shoot her.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flintlock1812 View Post
    Good deal! Now get out there and shoot her.
    Yep very good deal. If the old Gentleman is a friend you should stop by his place and give him another Franklin.

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    Oh no...you can't just buy and hang that rifle. You need to shoot it and let everyone know how it went.
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BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
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