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Offline Mike Brooks

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Painted Lehigh for sale
« on: July 07, 2019, 02:12:56 AM »
42" .50 cal swamped Colerain "B" weight barrel, hard maple stock. "Pre owned" Cochran lock dated "1978". Stock painted with milk paint and the whole works antiqued. 13 1/8" pull, lots of drop, not a cheek buster.  The lock is a great sparker. Weighs a few ounces under 7lbs, very light off hand hunting/woods walk rifle. Very unique rifle. $1800 + shipping. Click on the pics, they get much bigger.




















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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2019, 02:47:06 AM »
Mike, that is some kinda different but then so are a lot of us ;) How will that paint hold up in the field.

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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2019, 04:13:21 AM »
Nice use for that lock Mike.  I like the rifle!
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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2019, 04:22:55 AM »
I like it.  Great choice of colors. 

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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2019, 04:15:07 PM »
Mike, that is some kinda different but then so are a lot of us ;) How will that paint hold up in the field.

George
Yes, it's an incredibly durable finish. I stained the gun as usual with iron nitrate and tung oil. I put three coats of brick red milk paint on the gun. I had a very hard time scrubbing it back during the antiquing process so I figure it won't show much wear even with heavy use. The paint is from Woodcraft and is described as an indoor/outdoor paint.
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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2019, 04:18:34 PM »
I like it.  Great choice of colors.
It looks better in person. I ordered a can of "Green Patina" for the scrolls/vines and what you see is not what i'd call anything like "Green" ::) But, who's to say some old Duetcher wasn't fond of blueish vines. ;D
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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2019, 03:39:38 PM »
Mike,
          How much paint does a long gun like the Lehigh require for three coats?

Will a pint suffice, or does one need to purchase a quart?

Also, what grade of abrasive scrub pad does the paint require?

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If I had the funds, I buy it in a heartbeat. It fits me almost exactly!
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Offline Pete G.

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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2019, 10:51:01 PM »
Only Brooks would have the cajones to pull this off. :o

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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #8 on: July 09, 2019, 11:53:00 PM »
I'm picturing meeting up with a guy in full frontier garb carrying the rifle and the woods and I can't think
what my mind would be telling me at that time  ;D.  I wish my wife liked to hunt because
I would get that for her.   She's pretty.
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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2019, 12:58:05 AM »
I'm picturing meeting up with a guy in full frontier garb carrying the rifle and the woods and I can't think
what my mind would be telling me at that time  ;D.  I wish my wife liked to hunt because
I would get that for her.   She's pretty.
This is a farmers gun, not a frontiersman's gun. This area in PA was pretty heavily settled by the 1820, the frontier was closer to the Rockies. I doubt guns like this ever made it 10 miles past the farm.
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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2019, 05:53:25 PM »
I'm getting a kick out of this. According to my emails and PM's this gun has some folks pretty shook up. ;) BTW, it ain't pink, it's brick red...Ö. ::) So, I man could own it and not be too girly.... :P
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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #11 on: July 12, 2019, 05:45:03 PM »
The color shows up on lots of stuff from eastern PA from the period.  I've been told and/or have read that iron oxide was the cheapest pigment for paint - hence wooden barns, as well as lots of other stuff, being red/reddish.  The decoration fits right in with that on various painted items from the era.

Nice job on something different.

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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #12 on: July 12, 2019, 06:11:42 PM »
Mike,
          How much paint does a long gun like the Lehigh require for three coats?

Will a pint suffice, or does one need to purchase a quart?

Also, what grade of abrasive scrub pad does the paint require?

Thanks,
              R.J.Bruce

P.S.
       The rifle rocks!!

If I had the funds, I buy it in a heartbeat. It fits me almost exactly!
Sorry, missed this. I doubt I used a 1/4" of paint in a pint can.  I purposely left brush marks in the finish coat as I wanted the final coat to pick up some patina after I rubbed the whole thing out, interesting texture that way. I rubbed this one out with 0000 steel wool. You could probably use some other abrasive pads as well. I polished it out with a rumpled up paper towel....seemed to get the look I was looking for.
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Re: Painted Lehigh for sale
« Reply #13 on: July 18, 2019, 01:06:09 AM »
I was fortunate enough to handle the gun this week. Itís an absolute beauty and a unique and beautiful piece of folk art. If you want a signature piece from a noted gun maker, this one is it. A real bargain folks!!
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