American longrifle (Muzzleloading)

by Bookie, Sunday, September 02, 2007, 18:17 (4596 days ago) @ Iceburn

Hej Iceburn!

Your question, although simple and direct, requires several answers as there are several options open to you. A rifle similar to Dodsvinden will cost somewhere between $1500 to $2000 US, because of the hand work involved to make the triggers and furniture.

Hand rifled barrels also cost a premium. Not using electricity and using wooden tools jack up the price.

Similar rifles can be made with store bought hardware, less figured wood used, and a percussion lock instead of a flinter to reduce the cost. I have built similar rifles in the $700 to $1000 price range, but do remember that the cost of parts is rising all the time and a typical set of GOOD parts averages between $400 and $600. The hand labor costs do not raise as much as the parts, but still, the maker must realize a profit if he is to remain in business. I no longer will make a rifle for $0.23 per hour of work!

Custom makers are always in demand and the back log of customers can take years to satisfy. Some customers will purchase parts over a period of time before the rifle is assembled so there will not be a large layout of money all at once. I typically require 1/2 of the cost at time I start the rifle and the other half, plus shipping fees, when the gun is ready to be delivered to the customer. If you have other questions, I invite you to email me, but be advised, I am not accepting any new customers.

Cheers, Steve "Bookie" Bookout, Newton, Iowa, USA

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