Product: FR0810 Pedersoli 2nd Model Brown Bess Musket
From: Ben Grant
Date: Monday 14 June, 2004
The 2nd Model Brown Bess by Pedersoli is a faithful reproduction. I am not as schooled in the originals as I wish I was. However, on a recent trip to Williamsburg, they had quite a number of originals in the magazine/armory side by side with these same reproductions. From those side by side observations they are very close indeed. The fit and finish is great. Functions great. The lock is tight. It is accurate (for a smoothbore... you can hit an 18"x18" piece of paper at 100 yards with a bit of trigger control). I have shot un-patched .730 ball with 60 to 120 FF grain loads. I wouldn't advise the 120 grain load unless you enjoy the kick. 70 to 80 grain loads seem to give the most consistent accuracy. The lock works fine with FF powder in the pan, but I bought a pan primer with FFFF powder and it works well. My only gripe is the ramrod. I am not sure if the button head screwed onto the rod on the originals, but have a feeling they didn't. Mine started to come loose. It is a minor detail that a few moments with some silver solder and a MAPP torch can correct. Or lock-tight if you want to go that route.