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    Tennessee Poor Boy Rifle

    This is one of my favorite Rifles.
    Its a Tennessee Poor Boy, 54 cal., 42" GM barrel, siler lock in plain maple.
    I got it in kit form from TVM
    Also got the pistol in matching cal. to.
    She is very accurate with 110 grain goex 3f, 530 rd ball with scrap piece of pillow ticking.
    I made the hunting bags from a grey fox and bobcat that I trapped.
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    That is one purty rifle!!

    You got me thinking I ought to buy a kit and try building one myself.

    On an historical note, real poor boys from eastern Tennessee used .32 caliber almost exclusively because the cost per shot was less. My people are hillbillies from the other side of the border. One of my uncles managed to collect all the muzzle loading firearms that had been in the family since the late 1700s. Virtually all of them (11, IIRC) were .32 caliber. When I asked why, he explained the economics to me and related that in that part of Appalachia, it was almost impossible to find old muzzle loaders in any other bore, unless they were issued to a military unit.

    Do you have moulds to go with the gun?
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    Thank you Sheik for the kind words.
    Yes that is correct most were 32 cal, used for hunting small game like squirrel,rabbit, etc.
    32 is good because it is easy on lead and gun powder.
    I currently live in sotheast Kentucky on the edge of the Daniel Boone Forest.
    I grew up in Southern WV.
    I do have a rd. ball bag mold.
    I have a ball making kit that I keep with my back pack, along with my fire starting kit, (flint and steel).
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    I chose the 54cal because I do have elk and bear on my property, I need something big enough in case I run into trouble.
    This is typically the knife and hawk set I use with the rifle.
    A 10" russel green river butcher and a buffalo skinner.
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    How do you get a 530 grain round ball down a .54?

    I allus thot a .54 was about half an ounce.
    Dixie's chart shows a 530 gr round ball something above 70 cal.

    Maybe you meant 230 grains?
    I have a few facts and a lot of opinions.

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    Jim; He said "530 rd ball". The "rd" stands for "round", not "grains". That means a round ball that's .530" in diameter, which, along with the right cloth patch, fits the 54 caliber barrel.

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    I think he sneaked back and changed it.
    I have a few facts and a lot of opinions.

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    No I didnt sneak back, nothing has been changed.
    When I put rd. it was for round ball.
    530 round ball is what you use for a 54 cal barrel.
    You can also use a .535 round ball with a thinner patch.
    I like the .530 with a little thicker patch material.

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    Nice rifle and excellent accessories. The knifes are very well done.
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    I like a .530 round ball for my Renegade. It seems to seat easier than a .535

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    Thank you for the kind words Madcratebuilder.
    The knife handles came from some old tobacco stakes that I found in my barn.

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    I agree with you Paw Paw on the 530 ball.
    A 535 would take a thin patch that would probably tear while ramming the ball.
    I have a hard enough time with the .530 and scrap pillow ticking.
    I think the smaller ball and heavier patch give me a harder hitting projectile at a further distance.

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    Very nice! From the rifle to the knife all!
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    Thank you Mark for the kind words

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    TomG,
    That rifle, pistol and plunder are really well done.

    Good job.
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    Really beautiful stuff!
    Happy trails

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    Thank you Iggy and Bluelew for the kind words.
    I enjoy making my own gear.
    Im always trying for that primitive look.

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    That is some beautiful gear!

    I have a short starter similar to yours. I used a piece of antler and dowel but I drilled into the end of the antler and inserted a piece of brass tubing that I had measured to take 70 grains of powder. So my short start is also my powder measure. It works real nice.

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    Thank you Wulf for the kind words.
    That short starter sounds nice, Ill have to make one also.

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    Dang nice Rifle Pistols and Gear TomG ... I'd be right proud of that ifin I were you :O)
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    Thank you Smokin Gun for the kind words

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    i have a grandfathers powder horn circa 1750,and anothers hunting horn 1785.

    [don't know how many grand fathers5 or 6 back]

    but i do know what needs to go with them,now.

    thanks Tom.

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    Your welcome Sizy.
    The powder horns sounds nice.

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    New here, first post. I've never understood the whole muzzle loader thing. Thank You for enlightening me. Living history, and beautiful art to boot, Awesome.

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    Wow! You have a beautiful rifle and sweet looking gun gear!

    I will have to show these pictures to my husband when he wakes up.

    S w e e t!!!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Thank you Lizard for the kind words.
    Out of all my firearms, modern and primitive, I think the Tennessee Poor Boy is my favorite.
    Give me some powder and lead and I can survive forever in the mountains.

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