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Gun Building / Re: Vinegar iron stain results
« Last post by Curtis on Today at 09:01:56 AM »
Dutchman, you won't be able to tell how it will look until you put some finish over it.  You might try wiping some hydrogen peroxide over the vingaroon if you like a redder tone.  I used several coats of vingaroon with peroxide for this gun: http://americanlongrifles.org/forum/index.php?topic=48647.msg481383#msg481383

Keep experimenting!
Curtis
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Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: More fire steels
« Last post by Metequa on Today at 08:41:01 AM »
I would like to buy the whale striker on the top right David, I'll send you a PM....thanks!
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Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: More fire steels
« Last post by Martin S. on Today at 08:21:40 AM »
I'll take the whale with the longest belly (striker plate).

PM sent.
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I really appreciate all your kind words, guys.  They are most encouraging and make me want to run out to the shop and get to crackin' on building another gun!  Even though I have a couple going already!  :)

wow that looks nice!  How did you antique the brass?  It looks a lot better than the brass black treatment that I've seen.

Mike - I have been using Birchwood Casey cold blue and sometimes their Super Blue on brass for patina like on this gun.  I then rub it back with grey Scothbrite or #0000 fine steel wool till I get the desired effect.  Sometimes I rub it back a little more than necessary because it will mellow out in a couple of days a bit darker than what it is rubbed back to.  Just experiment to get what you like.  I have tried Alumna Black but it gives a harsher patina, you might get good results with that if you experiment.

I think you’ve been channeling your inner Mike Brooks, Curtiss!  Lots to like there. I need one of those!

Who is this Mike Brooks fellow anyways?  Just funnin' you Mike!  8)  Seriously though Rich, I take that as a compliment!

Very cool fowling piece Curtis!  Your English walnut has just the right amount of interesting figure and grain, and the colour is very pleasing.  I'm impressed by your buttplate:  I like the curve you're given the plate and the engraving.

And I must congratulate you on the stump you used as a backdrop...very complimentary.

Thank you Taylor!  To get the contour of the buttplate I first rasped the butt to the shape I wanted, then inlet and nailed the finial of the annealed plate, started bending it down and hammering it home with a nylon teardrop hammer from Harbor Freight.  It has a blunt point and a rounded end and ony cost a couple of bucks.  It doesn't mar or dent the brass.

As for the stump in the photos - I dragged it to the end of my shooting range with my tractor to use for hanging targets on originally (it is flat on the other side) but now I just use the backside for shooting photos.

Curtis
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Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: More fire steels
« Last post by chubby on Today at 07:57:10 AM »
Hi Dave , I would like the bottom right and center. Send me a PM on how to pay!!  Thanks,  Chubby
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Antique Gun Collecting / Re: H. Ledford Rifle- What is it worth?
« Last post by Chris_B on Today at 07:28:00 AM »
Just my 2ct....
It was your grandfather´s and obviously it ment something to him.
Why sell it for low money instead of keeping it and the memory?
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Gun Building / Re: Starting a jacob dickert rifle
« Last post by M. E. Pering on Today at 07:22:04 AM »
Timbotide, no.  Set trigger shouldn't help with flinching a bit that I can see.  I think it is more a matter of just getting used to it, and knowing what you are going to see when you pull that trigger.  I think most people can get used to the flash with just practice.  As they say, familiarity breeds contempt.

Davemuzz, that is a good idea that could help some people.  As far as that goes, I don't think there is anything wrong with someone mounting a scope on their rifle, if that helps them enjoy the experience more.  If that is what helps you enjoy the shooting sports more, then more power to you.  I, on the other hand, enjoy the ancient experience.  It is the experience that I am seeking, so I love the flash... lol.  I don't use a rifle to get my meat anymore, so it is all just the experience now.

Matt
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Gun Building / Re: Am I NUTS? Making a Chestnut stocked gun
« Last post by Ky-Flinter on Today at 07:15:14 AM »
In the early 1960's a 2x4 actually measured 2 inches by 4 inches.  I bought some 2x4's recently.  They measured 1-3/8" by 3-3/8".  150 year old 2x10's might well be 2 inches thick.

-Ron
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Gun Building / Re: Am I NUTS? Making a Chestnut stocked gun
« Last post by smallpatch on Today at 06:45:44 AM »
One more thing.
Dimensional lumber is measure before it's planed.  Usually a 2 by, will measure 1 ½".  Not many styles will work with wood that thin.
Save it and make some shooting accessories.
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Gun Building / Re: Starting a jacob dickert rifle
« Last post by Davemuzz on Today at 06:33:39 AM »
If the flash really bothers you, consider (yes....not PC) mounting a Lyman 66 peep sight on your tang. The Lyman completely blocks the pan flash from your vision.

I have one on my T\C Hawken. But at this point in my life, my just build Leman has a regular open sight and it doesn't bother me at all.
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