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Lone Star  or Ballard Rolling block
May 19th, 2005 at 3:32pm
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Can anyone tell me the differences in the lone star and Ballard rolling block rifles  as to quality or style of the action or if there qare any differences. I was wanting to get a new rifle   I have read about the ballard highwall but not the rolling block   can anyone help 

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Re: Lone Star  or Ballard Rolling block
Reply #1 - May 19th, 2005 at 11:10pm
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It is my understanding that Ballard has cancelled making the R.B.     FWIW,   Ken
  

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Reply #2 - May 20th, 2005 at 7:39am
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I have an RB on order with Lone Star.  They haven't answered e-mail in over 2 months, so I need to phone to see what's up.  Ballard still shows the RB on their site.  When I visited them last year, no RB's from them had yet been finished.
  

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Reply #3 - May 20th, 2005 at 8:55am
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Might be a good idea to call and check, I could have been misinformed.   Ken
  

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Reply #4 - May 20th, 2005 at 10:21am
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I just talked with Lone Star by phone.  (The castings for their new No. 7 offering aren't ready yet.)  I visited his shop before placing my order, and I liked the rifles he had for show.

Ken is right: call Ballard to verify the RB is still available from them.  Web sites are often out of date.  They were offering Hepburns last year on their site, but these are now back on their own site, at DZ Arms.

  

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Re: Lone Star  or Ballard Rolling block
Reply #5 - May 20th, 2005 at 2:55pm
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The castings for the #7 are made by Rodney Storie. He owns the molds and has the castings done in Ark.   You can also buy them directly from Rodney.    Ken
  

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Reply #6 - May 20th, 2005 at 8:14pm
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I asked Dave H. by e-mail if he was using Storie's casting, but got no reply.  (I had learned Storie offered them from information you provided on these forums.)  I didn't ask him directly yesterday.

The story fits, though, for it has been mentioned Storie is improving/reworking many of the castings he offers, and Lone Star is awaiting an improved run of castings.  Dave seemed a bit pessimistic yesterday.  There's always a No. 5 if the No. 7 doesn't work out...
  

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