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Advantages of Custom-built Firearms
The decision to commission a custom
gun-maker to build a truly one-of-a-kind muzzleloader is a major step for any
black powder shooter. Let's take a look at what you get for your money when
purchasing a custom muzzleloader.
Jim Kruse can either duplicate an existing historical firearm, or help you design a muzzleloader that perfectly suits the time, place and historical character you portray in your living history activities.
Fitted to the Individual Shooter ~ Off-the-rack clothing rarely fits perfectly, and the same holds true for off-the-rack firearms. Manufactured muzzleloaders are designed to fit an "average" person, but most people are not average. By commissioning a custom muzzleloader from Jim Kruse you can be sure that the length of pull and other dimensions are fitted precisely to your body. This leads to a firearm that is more comfortable and much more accurate to shoot.
Artistry ~ Custom muzzleloaders aren't just works of craftsmanship, they are works of art. Each is individually hand built to the customer's specifications and no two are exactly identical, even when exact replication is desired.
Craftsmanship and Quality ~ No manufacturing machine
can match the human eye for precision. Even when Jim Kruse uses commercially
available parts, he relies on the very best. Some of the locks currently
available are almost exact duplicates of the finest locks dating from the past.
These feature internal surfaces that have been highly polished, and a precise
fit between parts for smooth, trouble-free operation. It's not unusual for some
locks to carry a higher price tag than most manufactured muzzleloader kits.
Accuracy ~ The barrels on Jim Kruse custom muzzleloaders are the highest quality barrels available today. Rifled barrels are cut-rifled. This means that they are produced by pulling a cutter through the bore to remove a very small amount of steel with each pass. To cut a typical eight-groove, rifled barrel with .006- to .010-inch-deep grooves requires from 150 to over 200 passes of the cutter. These precision-cut barrels are time-consuming to produce and extremely accurate.
Each barrel is then bedded in the barrel channel by hand.