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Black Powder Shooting / Re: Cleaning powder chambers
« Last post by bgf on Today at 03:29:08 AM »
Daryl's procedure is mine, more or less, too.  I can vouch for his observations on dirtiness of water versus suitability of load, as well, as I have been using a thin patch with some oversized balls on my offhand rifle in order to use them up, and the water is black, whereas with my normal load the water is just grey with all other factors being equal.

I debreeched my 40 cal. flintlock Chunk and table barrel after a couple of seasons and it was clean as a whistle. I peeked in my 50 Cal barrel while changing touchhole liner with same result.  Patent breeches with hooks.

Wd40 works for me, especially if I'm shooting every two weeks or so.  Even if a barrel goes several months, it seems to protect well enough.  For more than that, there's cosmolene...

I always wipe wd40 out with alcohol and patch just before shooting.
Gun Building / Re: Browning a lock / frizzen
« Last post by rich pierce on Today at 02:57:23 AM »
If your lock has a detachable pan then you can draw file the lockplate then go to 150, 220, and 320 grit paper. For the rest of the external lock parts except the frizzen its small to needle files then the same grits.  Some go to 400 but I rarely do.

After doing a number of locks of the same model, one gets to know where the divots and scratches are.  Mostly the same places every time.  Sure beats forging and filing to shape!
Black Powder Shooting / Re: Kentucky Longbeard
« Last post by sqrldog on Today at 02:53:08 AM »
Beautiful bird and smoothbore. Congratulations on the kill. It ill make some fine aeating.  Tim
Antique Gun Collecting / Re: English Sporting rifle - Joseph Lang
« Last post by Dphariss on Today at 02:44:09 AM »
A guy showed up years ago at a local Rendezvous with a gun very similar to this one in .60 cal. The rifling was the same, as was the ramrod, and the Damascus barrel. I believe his was made in Ireland. There was a big dust up over shooting a Damascus barrel, but after close examination it was determined that it not really Damascus steel at all, just a nicely done imitation finish. It was not as nicely engraved as this one, but was in pretty good shape.

  Hungry Horse

Quality Damascus is not an issue. Its the cheap poorly made Damascus that came to the US in the late 19th c that caused the problem. Shotguns selling for 2-4 dollars apiece could not be expected to have barrels of any quality.
Damascus shotgun barrels are still made in England IIRC. Proved for Nitro.
But people need to know what to look for in a Damascus shotgun or rifle barrel, dents in shotgun barrels can break we weld in the other barrel as well. Rifle barrels look for pitting that might be deeper than one thinks. I would not shoot damascus with any proof other than English.  Parker used first quality English machine made Damascus in the late 19th, early 20th c. But most used lower grade steels..... The best English machine made Damascus was fully equal to "Whitworth steel" in the mid-late 1890s. Read this in "The Gun and Its Development" W.W. Greener. Mine is from 1896....

Gun Building / Re: Bucks County rifle.....
« Last post by Lucky R A on Today at 02:41:01 AM »
Hi Ed,
     I immediately recognized your gun for being based on the one owned by Don H. in Arkansas.  I photographed the original at a KRA show. I made a copy, this gun and another exact copy were the ones used by DiCaprio in the Revenant movie.   The original has a different style sideplate, the tang carving is a bit higher relief and the behind the cheekpiece carving is also relived in a couple of areas.  When I initially saw the original I named it "the Petite Bucks Co. gun."   I found that Jim Chambers Golden Age lock to be an almost exact match for the original lock.   It is a very outstanding Bucks Co. guns, probably in the top five Bucks Co. guns that I can think of.   
      You did an outstanding job with your take on the have progressed along your journey very nicely.

Best wishes
Black Powder Shooting / Re: Kentucky Longbeard
« Last post by galudwig on Today at 02:34:14 AM »
Hi Pat! Congrats on he fine longbeard!  8)
Accoutrements / Re: ...Bark-Tanned deerskin Hunting Bag.....
« Last post by wattlebuster on Today at 02:29:37 AM »
I used a mix of 70% bees wax 30% mineral oil heated on the stove an then poured up into tins. It will soften and darken not to mention make it water repelant
Black Powder Shooting / Re: Kentucky Longbeard
« Last post by wattlebuster on Today at 02:23:25 AM »
Another beautiful Kentucky bird Pat. Congrats to ya. Ive seen an handled  that smoothrifle up close guys. The pics dont do it justice. Its got perfect balance to it
Black Powder Shooting / Re: Cleaning powder chambers
« Last post by Dphariss on Today at 02:23:17 AM »
Hello,first post here. Do you have to clean out the wd40 before you shoot the rifle again after cleaning? I have flintlock not cap. Thank You

First off WD 40 is not a good rust preventative.
ANY oil in the bore needs to be allowed to drain out the muzzle by setting the firearm muzzle down for at least a few hours. I like over night.
If you are worried use some alcohol to dry the bore. But the muzzle down technique works well with light weight oils. If its something viscous or something that dries to a grease then use at least a dry patch. If loading for hunting, loaded for hours or more, wipe the bore with patch wet with alcohol then wipe dry.

Contemporary Longrifle Collecting / Re: Help for a New Guy
« Last post by somehippy on Today at 02:18:12 AM »
I don't know if I would right this gun off just yet. The wood , lock, and triggers, are going to cost you the $400. 00 the guy is asking. If the bore is salvageable you will no doubt end up with a gun that is better than most production flintlocks. Just sayin'.

Hungry Horse

While I'm a noob to front stuffers, I too would say if the bores in decent shape you could have something light years better than a traditions or Lyman deer Hunter rifle in the same price range.  Worst case scenario you gotta get some new lumber.  I'd be delighted to see such a deal in my neck of the woods (I gotta order everything online internationally).

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