Look no further. This is the finest firelock I've ever held, be it custom made or regular production. Whether fit, finish or function, this musket takes the blue ribbon. The recommendations from Dixie need to be revamped though. Here are my recommendations:
1. Use a self rolled paper cartridge with a .640 round ball (Dixie made the mould for me and it's great!). Dixie's recommendation of a .680 patched ball just doesn't work well past about 3 shots. Load it the way soldiers did (and as I recommed above) and you can fire ACCURATELY all day long.
2. Use a 3/4 inch English flint. It's perfect. The 1" flint is way too big and will not allow the weapon to function properly. Set the flint in a lead leather so that a single sheet of paper could just slip between the flint edge and frizzen when in the half-cock position.
This musket just can't be beat! I can't recommend it enough. My family and friends - we are all expert woodsmen, hunters and soldiers - were impressed beyond words the day it arrived last spring. Since then, I've fired 500+ rounds..........dead on target! In the field, the musket cleans easily and is as robust a arm as any soldier could ask for. STOP SHOPPING AND START BUYING! You won't be disappointed.