I am starting a new project. I decided that I would like to have a matched cased set of percussion dueling pistols. I don't really need it but its cool and I want it.
My plan is to start with a pair of Kentucky type pistols of the same manufacture disassemble personalized/customize re-assemble and then make a period correct wooden presentation case with green baize fabric lining.
I picked up an older CVA Kentucky pistol in .45 cal. The gun shoots well. I have another on the way. I will be into the pair of pistols for about $200 before any of the add ons I have planned. I know there are better options but since this is a new type of platform for me I wanted to practice on something inexpensive before I paid $350 a piece for a good quality Track of the Wolf kit.
I am normally a semi auto AR type person and the last muzzleloader I built was as a teenager in the 70's which I still own. I was hoping someone could steer me to some links. Specifically if anyone knows how to reproduce a tiger stripe type pattern on the wood using stain or heat. I would also like to know how to remove the barrel markings which are the typical crooked made in Spain type markings.Pics to follow.
Here is what I'm starting with-planning on adding some brass inlays and a buttcap, re-doing the wood and maybe try and tiger stripe the stock.
If you were looking to make the most accurate representation you could with a pistol of that sort, I would strip the blueing, take it to a welder and have them lay a bead over the stampings, and while they're at it fill in the dovetails for the sights. I could be wrong but I've never seen a dueling pistol with any sort of rear sight, and the front sights I've seen on them have been only a simple bead like a shotgun. They were generally smoothbore guns as well, but that's not an obvious flaw to anyone looking at a cased set and you'd have to be really uptight to be bothered by it.
The fellows on this forum
are much, much more knowledgeable about building and shooting period correct muzzleloaders than I will ever be. They have a section specifically for building guns. I would try there.
Thanks for the info. This is a different platform for me it seems like a fun project.
Kev gave you the most correct advice on this subject....heed the words, converting what you have would be more complicated than starting from scratch...i would perouse the website at The Rifle Shoppe....I tend to spend a lot of $$$ with those guys...