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Gun Building / Re: Ramrod question.
« Last post by hanshi on Today at 09:01:08 PM »
All mine are 3/8" and tapered down to 5/16" to fit the 5/16" hole drilled in the stock.
I had chickens for about 10 years in Georgia and let them run wild. When you let them run wild the eggs taste a lot better. One day a tornado came along and blew my chickens away. I had over 30 before and ended up with ten. Never did find any of the lost ones. The tornado blew my neighbors chicken house away and my son found it when we were deer hunting about 2 miles from where it was. It was sitting upright and in as good of condition as when it was blown away.
Gun Building / Re: Spring information
« Last post by jerrywh on Today at 08:52:36 PM »
Bob. I have used the color method a lot and after one learns how to do it it works pretty good.
 And have used the lead method a lot because back then ,20 some years ago, I never knew a better method. When I use the color method I temper to a blue gray color and do it twice. The method I have the least confidence in is frying in oil. in the 1960s I knew a gunsmith who used the frying method exclusively but he had a high degree of failures and he finally paid me to make his springs for him. The other gunsmiths started buying my springs. Most of the springs I made then were shotgun mainsprings and top lever springs for double guns.   I usually made a dozen at a time. at first I had about a 15% failure rate and so I found a heat treating engineer and he told me what I was doing wrong. It was the time element. Also I was getting a lot of faulty steel from a supplier in Portland Oregon. Some steel suppliers will give you info on tempering springs if you request it. But all springs are not tempered the same, like coil springs so you need to be specific when asking. You probably know all this but maybe it will help  some of the other guys. 
Yes indeed, that is a fine looking piece.

I know Ed Wenger has chickens (and a rooster). I am not a riflemaker (just some leather) but we have some chickens. Lost our Barred Rocks to a virus sadly. Still have five layers and three pets that look like plush animals. 🙂 God bless, Marc
Black Powder Shooting / Re: Puzzled
« Last post by EC121 on Today at 08:36:58 PM »
I tried those cloverleaf patches.  They are so loosely woven that they blow apart.
I had my Lyman blackpowder handbook out the other day to look up some velocities. After all these years I still occasionally refer to it. Its just part of the games library.
Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Help with identifying English lock maker
« Last post by smart dog on Today at 08:11:28 PM »
Marks on the barrel?  Name on the lock might just be the retailer.

Gun Building / Re: Ramrod question.
« Last post by smallpatch on Today at 08:04:38 PM »
Like David said, 5/19" rod and skinny web=slender profile.
Black Powder Shooting / Re: Puzzled
« Last post by mountainman on Today at 07:12:26 PM »
You can buy these Cloverleaf shooting Patches from Lehigh Valley's, same guy that makes the shooting patch lubricant and bore cleaner. We actually have them in our little store, ( the Cloverleaf patches ) but can't get the lubricants anymore. But we do have Mr. Flintlock's which I believe is the same.
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