One of the best ways to get a real hands-on muzzleloading experience is to build a rifle yourself. Easy to read instructions guide you through the building process to a finished product. There is no greater feeling of accomplishment than knowing you built a fully functional rifle for shooting or display.
The Traditions™ Kentucky Rifle features a single trigger percussion ignition and fixed blade sights. These blade sights give the rifle its dependable accuracy. The rifle’s full-length two-piece walnut stock is accented by beautiful inlaid brass furniture. The octagonal barrel is rifled at 1:66" for patched-ball loads. The long sighting plane between the blade front sight and fixed notch rear sight aids precision shooting accuracy. The case hardened lock features a V-type mainspring for fast lock time. The full-length two-piece stock is accented by solid brass furniture. Once finished the Kentucky percussion rifle is great to take out in the field or simply display on your wall.
Kentucky Rifle SPECIFICATIONS/OPTIONS
33.5" OCTAGON BARREL
WALNUT-FINISHED SELECT HARDWOOD
1:66 RATE OF TWIST
Authentic Wooden Ramrod
49" OVERALL LENGTH
SINGLE STYLE TRIGGER
Traditions Lifetime Warranty
Traditions™ Kentucky Rifle Kit.
Rating: 4.4/5 based on 22 review(s)
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Great product review by Michael on 1/23/2019
"Take your time and follow the directions. Has been fun but still building. I will post again when I get finished."
Easy, fun project review by Rick V on 7/28/2018
"Bought two of these so my father-in-law and I could build them together while visiting. 4 star instead of 5 for two reasons: 1. The sights were to small. Would have preferred them to require fitting instead of shimming.... 2. The barrels that hold the rod on can only be threaded very loosely or they impede the rod from sliding thru. Could have used a little more “meat” on the stock in that area. Multiple ways to work around this dilemma, non the less, 4 stars. The barrel was nice, took the blueing well. In hind sight I think I would have preferred browning the barrel instead of blueing. Still looks nice blued though. Stock only required minor fitting, and a lot of sanding. There was a LOT of excess in the but of the rifle that needed to be removed to fir with the brass. This is expected, and I actually thought I would need to do more fitting, but like I said....very little required. I went with one coat of cherry stain, and tung oil. Sand. Tung oil. Sand. Tung oil...... Very pleased with result. Only tricky part was drilling the tabs to secure the barrel. No room for error. Not really tricky, just required patience and a bit of luck, I used a drill press instead of a hand drill, and it was no issue. Overall, very pleased with the final product, and would recommend anyone interested and on the fence about it, to just go for it. Lots of fun, and I haven’t even shot it yet! Whether your looking for a shooter or a wall hanger, this will fit the bill. "
Havent finished it yet but ... review by Tom Miller on 7/26/2018
"The rifle is beautiful in every stage of building. I blued the barrel and finished the stock with Minwax "Acorn" stain and Truoil. Plan on putting on Birchwood Casey Stock Sheen and Conditioner on Monday. Can hardly wait to shoot it.
Had some help from a local wood shop with the drilling of the stock/tenon holes. Must be exact!
Also some of the tenons and sights had to be either filed down or peened to fit the dovetails.
Ordered a set of spares and needed one of them right away (The Stock Joining Plate). I had attempted to file the end of the stock and overdid it. Worked out well and actually looks pretty nice.
Dianne at TRADITIONS Customer Service was a BIG help with these problems.
Enjoyed it very much."
My experiences in kit building review by Tom Miller on 6/28/2018
"Finished a Traditions St Louis Hawkins a few months ago and love it. New to Muzzleloading and rifle kits but really enjoyed the experience. But more challenging was learning the processes of loading and cleaning.
Be cautious in how much and the type of powder you use. Clean your barrel every few shots with cleaning patch and dry ones. Get a cleaning kit to include ball puller, patch remover, and cleaning pin especially made for cleaning out the Nipple. Flush barrel with dish soapy hot water and dry. Apply Bore Butter to protect barrel. Do not clean it out!
Use good patches. Variety of lubricants from spit to hand lotion to premade. Bore Butter works good too. Trim off excess patch material to help in loading and reducing hangfires.
Looking forward to new gun. Customer Service was excellent! Best prices around. Have Fun!
Fantastic kit review by Logan S on 5/28/2018
"I will say that my experience with firearms is limited, and my experience with muzzleloaders was zero until I bought this kit.
I ordered it by phone, along with the matching Traditions stock finishing kit and bluing liquid, and the salesman was nice and easy to work with (was even able to get me set up with overnight Saturday delivery). It came in a fairly nondescript box (only thing was the packing tape with the site logo on it), the kit itself was packaged in your typical plastic clamshell packaging.
I thought the instructions were good enough (fairly vague at the more complex steps, way too in-depth for the simple ones; also had a few spelling/grammar errors), but I did have to do some trial and error to figure out how it all fit together. The filing needed to make everything fit snugly was minimal (just a tad to make the lock fit, and some to get the barrel to seat nicely), and I did some sanding to smooth it out some (there were some pretty sharp corners on the buttstock), but I never needed any power tools (only needed a drill for a few pilot holes).
The bluing liquid came with instructions, and the finish kit came with stain, varnish, sandpaper, and a cloth along with the instructions. Bluing the barrel, staining the stock, and finishing the stock was all pretty simple, most definitely not rocket surgery. The only additional work I did for the final assembly was to use some epoxy to help keep everything in place, as the forestock and buttstock (it is not one piece) didn't hold together tightly enough for my liking.
With dry time, the gun only took me a weekend to put together. Beyond what came with the kit, all I needed (for tools) was: flathead screwdriver, file, drill, hammer and punch (to install the sights and tenon pins), gloves (the bluing liquid is definitely something you don't want on your skin), and needlenose pliers. Have yet to get a chance to actually shoot it yet.
Just remember that this is a cheap kit (not bad, but cheap), and what you get out of it will definitely be based on whatever you put into it. If you take your time and work carefully, it'll be great; if not, it'll be serviceable, but definitely not pretty."
Great Rifle review by Charles on 5/13/2018
"Fun to shoot! I used 60 grans of Pyrodex select and it didn't kick hard at all."
Fun to put together review by Rick Kottler on 3/16/2018
"It is a challenge figuring out what goes where. The instructions are lacking and some parts are not identified. But you tube has some great instructional videos. This was too much fun to put together and finish and it looks great when its done."
Great Rifle to have and shoot. review by GERALD on 11/26/2017
"This traditions Kentucky Rifle was fun to build. I drilled and tapped the trunions on the barrel so you fasten the stock with screws instead of pins. I used a Red Chestnut 232 by Minwax covered with satin poly. I think it looks great and original. It shoots tight groups at 25 yards. Good price and good value quality product. "
Nice rifle review by Leone on 9/10/2017
"Just got can't Wait to shoot it and enjoy with my son"
Kentucky Long Rifle review by Charley B. on 7/10/2017
"Great, quality kit. Easy to complete and quite accurate. Thanks."
Timely order & delivery review by Donald Anderson on 4/20/2017
"The wood was a bit fuzzy, took a good bit if work to get smooth. Had to thread screw hole in look plate. Not threaded. Other than that it was a fun weekend project."
So much fun! review by Mike P. on 12/15/2016
"My wife got me this kit for Christmas last year. It was two gifts in one! It was a lot of fun to put together and a heck of a lot of fun to shoot! The kit was missing a barrel tenon, so I contacted Traditions and they express shipped one out to me no questions asked. It was easy to put together, well made, and beautiful once assembled, blued, and stained. I loved it so much that my wife is getting me the blunderbuss for Christmas this year (I peeked- lol!). "
kentucky long rifle kit review by jim on 12/9/2016
"is a good starter, the maple wood on mine ..was plain jane ,but I did some playing around...came out pretty good. The pins for tang, I don't like But its a nice gun."
Biggest bang for the buck! review by Darius White on 6/1/2016
"This was a pretty easy kit to assemble. The only part i had problems with was drilling out the barrel mounting tangs. In addition I really like the 1:66 twist rate barrel. This is one rifle know will get the job done when hunting whitetail."
Poor Design review by Linda Thomas on 5/9/2016
"Parts just didn't fit together. Definately only a wall hanger."
Nice looking, but funky design and the flintlock I got is worthless. review by Jerry Wright on 2/14/2016
"The front piece of the stock attaches to the rifle barrel with two screws and the back piece attaches to the barrel with a tang screw that goes through the stock and holds in the trigger assembly! Really weird. The rest of the rifle is pretty straight-forward, but drilling the two pin holes is a little tricky -- PLUS the two pins are STEEL (unlike the rest of the furniture which is brass) AND the pins are way too short. After completely assembling the rifle, and installing an English 5/8" flint as instructed by several publications, the rifle will NOT spark over three or four weak sparks per strike. Pretty worthless. I'm waiting on instructions from Traditions."
fine peace of weponeary review by marvin warren on 1/12/2016
"Wife bought me this one for christmas. Love it! Had only problem locating and drilling pin holes in fore-arm."
Kentucky Kit review by Travis L. on 9/20/2015
"Good kit, shoots well."
Kentucky review by Dave H. on 9/9/2015
"I am stoked on this rifle!"
Satisfied review by Warren J. on 8/30/2015
"I had a great time putting this rifle together! If your reasonably handy with woodworking tools and enjoy a little challenge, (that is why you didn't just grab a finished one off the shelf - isn't it?), your sure to enjoy this kit!
I wanted a more traditional look so I browned the barrel, using "TRU-BROWN" and American Walnut stain with Linseed oil for the finish. (be careful using linseed oil)
I'm very satisfied with the results. Have fun but be warned - this can become an obsession!"
Stunning Rifle! review by Candis C. on 8/27/2015
"This is my first try at a "rifle kit." I thought I would give it a shot. Am so impressed with the final product it isn't even funny. I can absolutely say this was the easiest thing I have ever done, and more importantly, the Kentucky Rifle looks absolutely amazing. It not only looks authentic, but the grain of the wood stock is stunning! I plan to try other kits in the future and can only hope for the same great results."
Sweet looking gun! review by Jeff C. on 8/11/2015
"This kit looks great finished! Can be used as a hunting rifle or a wall hanger!"
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