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Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Just A Run of A Mill English Fowler?
« Last post by OldSouthRelics on Today at 06:47:13 PM »
Thank you Gents. If I may, I'll ask some more questions, as this musket has perplexed me.

Mike Brooks - What makes you think it's Belgian, and additionally what makes you think it is a later piece?

Feltwad - Thank you sir.

The Rambling Historian - Thank you for a picture of the proofs! I have been lucky to own several Belgian pieces in the past, and currently, and I am aware of their proof marks. The lack of visible proof marks is actually why I asked.

Nate - Thank you, I very much like the wood as well! The cheekpiece I could live without, but it is handsomely done.

My lack of experience with European Fowlers, or non-military muskets/rifles is also probably contributing to my failure of being able to identify it. I have owned Ketland's, and Jaeger's but that is about it. The cheekpiece seems very European to me, so Belgian is absolutely believable. I'll do some research and see fi I can find any common characteristics, now that I have a more specific area to look.

Anymore additional information, for the sake of my quest of knowledge, would be greatly appreciated.
Gun Building / Re: Hawken Hammer location
« Last post by Herb on Today at 06:44:21 PM »
Thanks, Don, I appreciate your help.  I think I scaled this photo enlargement based on a 5.0 inch lock, and the lock panel here is 6 5/8" long.  I guess the parallax is due to the photo being farther away.
Shop Made Tools / Re: Barrel scraper
« Last post by runastav on Today at 06:25:19 PM »
Guys, purpose with hole through is ofcorse I can select if i want to pull og push the scraper $#*! im an old industial mechanic ;)Will try to make one for a octagons 15/16 the same way

Black Powder Shooting / Re: Cleaning a Hawken
« Last post by OldMtnMan on Today at 06:00:51 PM »
Until someone does a scientific test on cold and hot water cleaning. We're all blowing smoke.

I know what works for me as all of you do for you. Bore lights are cheap and will tell you if you have rust. I have none and use hot water. I'm not trying to convince anybody to do it my way. I'm simply saying how I do it and if wasn't working i'd change. I never change what's working.
Gun Building / Re: Carving/modeling
« Last post by elkhorne on Today at 05:56:55 PM »
Ed is exactly correct! A couple of more sources to study, print and have on hand to watch as you go are (1) examples of Ed's work on his website, (2) watch Mary May' carving tutorials on her website and look at her furniture work, (3) look at Jim Kibler's website for his excellent work and (4) get some KRA DVDs with examples of original rifles from the school you are building your rifle to. Ed is spot on to have printed or video examples to look at as you plan and actually work. Like the old saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words!" Good luck and please let us see some pictures of your work. Merry Christmas.
Gun Building / Re: Carving/modeling
« Last post by ltdann on Today at 05:56:26 PM »

Thanks Ed,  there's some good work on that furniture.  I'll add them to my photo collection

Black Powder Shooting / Re: Cut patches on first shot...
« Last post by OldMtnMan on Today at 05:53:12 PM »
I had the very same thing happening and posted the same question here some years ago. I never did find an answer for it. I was using spit as a lube, or a 'moose milk' concoction, depending on how the saliva was running at any given session. One thing I did find was that when prepping for hunting season I lubed the patch with mink oil because that is my hunting patch preference. First shot, cold barrel, the patch would be pretty much reusable, no tear, no burn. When I prep for hunting I fire the one shot, completely clean the gun before reloading so the gun will be as it would out hunting. Is all that necessary, probably not, but That is the way I do it. With the mink oil I never had a bad patch on that first shot. Moose milk(?), yes the first shot, the patch is still mangled. Maybe the oil makes the patch just a bit denser, and a tad elastic. Ah well, just another mystery on a long list of mysteries.

That's why I keep everything exactly the same for sight in, practice and hunting. I use mink oil for hunting, so I use it for all practice too. Hunting is always my goal. Not showing off small groups on targets. Common sense tells me to keep everything the same. Mink oil is cheap.
Gun Building / Re: Brass Ramrod Tip - Should length match the nose cap?
« Last post by t.caster on Today at 05:50:51 PM »
I like the tip the same length as the nose cap. I make them with a tip on the "down" end if customer wants it hidden. In fact, I just reversed the rod on the .54 Beck I have for sale here. It is a good idea to have two rods for your rifle anyway in case of breakage.
Accoutrements / Re: Knife for Traditional Bowhunting Buddy
« Last post by n stephenson on Today at 05:49:46 PM »
Tippit, I always enjoy seeing your work . Nice little knife!!  Only thing is  , I can`t figure out if your a better knife maker , or photographer , you rock! at both.      ;D  Nate
Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Just A Run of A Mill English Fowler?
« Last post by n stephenson on Today at 05:44:48 PM »
Neat piece! Nice stock wood. I like that cheekpiece!   Thanks Nate
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