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    Matchlock project

    I'm working on a BP matchlock of Tanegashima style and wondering what I should be using for a barrel. Any recommendations on steel or dimensions - or where I might buy a commercial one?

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    modern flintlock barrel should work as a start

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    Who sells just the barrel?

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    Green Mountain does, you'd likely have to order in. I'd look for used flintlock and cop the barrel

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fuddislav View Post
    I'm working on a BP matchlock of Tanegashima style and wondering what I should be using for a barrel. Any recommendations on steel or dimensions - or where I might buy a commercial one?
    I don't know where you might find a Japanese style matchlock barrel.

    However, the number one go-to place for black powder barrels, locks, stock blanks, action parts, etc. is "Track Of The Wolf".
    They offer octagon to round smoothbore barrels for primitive flintlocks along with the breech plugs, stocks, and everything else.

    I believe that the last military matchlocks used in England used this type of barrel before they transitioned to flintlocks.
    I honestly think that you would be far better off building one of the later styles of English matchlocks than a Japanese ones.
    There is just more information and resources available.

    As it is, you will have to make your own lock and pan, which is enough of a project, and the English style locks are fairly simple.

    There are a couple of places that make the English matchlocks for sale. One also sells a lot of imported muskets without a touch hole.

    http://www.veteranarms.com/Reproduct...lock-Pics.html

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    There's a place on the East coast that specializes in replica historical arms as well, but damned if I can recall the name right now. Similar fare to veteran arms, but I believe most of them had the touch holes drilled. I was contemplating a brass flintlock blunderbuss from them at one point....
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    In exploring my options I was doing a little research into steels and a heard a few mentioned:
    12L14
    41xx

    http://americanlongrifles.org/forum/...?topic=21944.0

    It's probably more wise to buy something purpose made, but would a sufficiently strong piece of alloy tube be enough?

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    http://www.gmriflebarrel.com/15032lr...barrel-32-x-1/
    Something like this would probably eliminate most of the guesswork and look prettier overall...

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    There are a couple of places that sell repro Tanegashima style(Portuguese and used until the end of the 19th Century when they went to mag fed bolt actions) matchlocks too. Dixie Gunworks is one. No exports from Dixie though. Despite BP firearms not being considered to be firearms by the U.S. government.
    "...strong piece of alloy tube be enough..." No.
    Green Mountain's Canadian distributor is Jo-Brook Firearms. 909 24th St, Brandon, MB. 204-727-3552
    Give 'em a call and talk about it.
    You might want to talk to this guy too. https://shop.japanese-armor.com/Tane...Teppo-TNSR.htm

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