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Title: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: mike116 on June 25, 2017, 08:59:48 PM
I saw this on ArmsList for sale locally.   Only about 2 miles from home so I couldn't pass it up.  It has pretty nice wood and looks to be lightly used.  The seller only shot it at the range so it's not all dinged up from hunting.   It came with a tool box full of round balls, some Minie balls, about 50 Maxi balls, a full bottle of Pyrodex (I won't use), lubed patches, cleaning jags, a worm, a ball puller, 200 #11 caps and some tools.  So I'm already set up to shoot it. 
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Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: G Dog on June 25, 2017, 09:40:13 PM
... so I couldn't pass it up.

You did the right thing.  Lookin good.
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: HAWKEN50 on June 26, 2017, 03:55:26 AM
 )l_  Yup  nice score...
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: 99whip on June 26, 2017, 05:58:53 AM
Looks great Mike.  Was it a kit? 

Someday I'd like to build one of those GPR's.
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: Hewy on June 26, 2017, 06:07:00 AM
Your going to like it.
Mine has served me well and fun to shoot.
I use pillow ticking for the patch and .49 ball ,my own castings.
Hewy
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: Mad Dog Stafford on June 26, 2017, 07:11:33 AM
Nice one and stuff to boot!  L@.
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: scooby on June 26, 2017, 07:29:46 AM
Good reliable rifles they are. I have refinished two of them for friends. Draw filed the stamping from the barrels and then cold rust browned them. I also rust browned all of the remaining metal hardware including the locks. Stripped the stocks and applied a hand rubbed linseed oil finish. One of them was done so for a buddy that I used to hunt with. He took a lot of deer with that Lyman.
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: mike116 on June 26, 2017, 10:24:36 AM
Looks great Mike.  Was it a kit? 

Yeah Whip,  it was a kit.   Fortunately it's not all butchered up.  all the wood is proud of metal leaving room to work with.  I'm thinking I might strip it down and refinish both the wood and metal.   Scooby and I think alike sometimes,   browning all the metal and hand rubbed finish with Tung or Linseed oil.   I bought it cheap so I might decide to make it nice and sell it to finance some other projects.   
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: Captainkirk on June 26, 2017, 10:27:12 AM
The GPR is a great rifle. My buddy built a kit in .50 and it's a tack driver. I have the Trade Rifle and it's fantastic as well.
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: Hawg on June 26, 2017, 12:06:12 PM
GPR's are very good guns.
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: Mad Dog Stafford on June 26, 2017, 01:26:39 PM
What is or are.....GPR guns?
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: scooby on June 26, 2017, 04:08:22 PM
GPR is for Great Plains Rifle Mad dog. ;)
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: mazo kid on June 29, 2017, 03:51:14 PM
I have always thought the Lyman GPR was about the nicest, most period correct rifle still commercially made. And they made them in a left hand version to boot!
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: Hawg on June 29, 2017, 04:53:38 PM
I have always thought the Lyman GPR was about the nicest, most period correct rifle still commercially made. And they made them in a left hand version to boot!

Not quite. The Pedersoli has it beat but the GPR is the most reasonably priced production gun that isn't too far off from a real plains rifle.
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: AntiqueSledMan on July 02, 2017, 04:30:47 AM
I handed down my old Thompson Center Hawken (1977 vintage) to my son a few years ago and switched to the Lyman Great Plains Hunter. Same rifle as the Great Plains but with a 1-32" twist rifling, I believe the Great Plains is 1-60". I started shooting the bore riding Power Belt Conical out of it fairly accurate, but switched to my RCBS 45-300-FN with an MMP Sabot. Now that shoots.

AntiqueSledMan
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: DD4lifeusmc on January 07, 2018, 05:42:46 AM
Mike    no pictures showing Photo bucket says you need to update your software.

Another reason I don't them or others,they hold your photos hostage
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: mike116 on January 07, 2018, 06:02:55 AM
Mike    no pictures showing Photo bucket says you need to update your software.

Another reason I don't them or others,they hold your photos hostage

Yes, I know DD,   this forum is the reason I started using a host service.  Nearly impossible to get good photos on here with the size restrictions.   
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: Len on January 07, 2018, 09:53:08 AM
Mike    no pictures showing Photo bucket says you need to update your software.

Another reason I don't them or others,they hold your photos hostage

Yes, I know DD,   this forum is the reason I started using a host service.  Nearly impossible to get good photos on here with the size restrictions.

As to resizing pics, I found this place
http://picresize.com/results
and managed to get a pic or two into this forum.
Don't know if the site is secure, but I haven't had any back fires from them yet.
Title: Re: .50 cal Lyman Plains Rifle
Post by: mike116 on January 07, 2018, 10:12:22 AM
I can resize with my photo software on my phone or laptop.   I don't like having a resized copy in addition to the original stored on my devices.
I keep the originals on my laptop and only use hosting services for posting on forums.