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Accoutrements / Re: Bag # 20 - Hog Hunter's Pouch
« Last post by hawkeye on Today at 10:59:11 AM »
Good craftsmanship I think, small useful bag
Gun Building / Re: Carving for the Artistically Challenged
« Last post by Jerry V Lape on Today at 08:02:59 AM »
I will only relate my experience trying to draw a typical Isaac Haines pattern on a practice stock the first time under the supervision of one of the most accomplished carvers in a weekend seminar. 
working without a break I finally got it drawn satisfactorily after 4 or 5 trys over 5 hours. Because I had drawn it I fully understood the relief it represented which facilitated the carving greatly.  The point is if you simply transfer a drawing you aren't learning what you really should before beginning to cut.  If you can't draw it in relation to the 3 dimensional piece of wood you most likely won't successfully carve it.  So start drawing on the wood and, bring it to an accomplished carver or here on the website for critique.  Most of us started that way, it just takes awhile to understand the art. 
Accoutrements / Re: Braided Rope
« Last post by Brokennock on Today at 08:00:17 AM »
Thanks you. I kind of remember it from Boy Scouts, but a good refresher is helpful. I never thought to apply it to a full size rope.
Gun Building / Re: Ramrod channel too tight
« Last post by Long Ears on Today at 07:05:32 AM »
taper the rod
Wade, I'm not sure what is causing it. I've always used .018 patching since I started shooting these guns back in the early 90s. Now I get a rifle that seems to like .010 with the smaller ball. I've always read Daryl's shooting posts and tried his advice where I can, it's always worked, except for this rifle. I've smoothed the muzzle radius, tried a smaller starter, measured the barrel, and now check the lead to make sure it's pure. I'm wondering if I should try something other than the neatsfoot oil, but it behaves the same with the bear grease and mink oil. I will say this barrel is the easiest cleaning barrel I've ever had.
Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: Relief Carving and background Tool
« Last post by aaronc on Today at 06:54:19 AM »
Received my tool. High quality piece, can't wait to use it. Ron was great to deal with.
Gun Building / Re: Ramrod channel too tight
« Last post by rich pierce on Today at 06:50:23 AM »
Do what Taylor suggests (think itís him)  for fixing a ramrod hole that was off center. Take a 5/16Ē steel rod if it will fit. If not youíll need to reduce it by 0.20Ē or whatever till it slides in. Now hit the end on one outer edge with a hammer till a raised protruding lip is made. Slide that in and out. It should start scraping wood. In this case keep rotating it, maybe 30 degrees each few times. Eventually the hole will be larger and fairly round.
Gun Building / Re: Ramrod channel too tight
« Last post by Mike Lyons on Today at 06:38:22 AM »
I donít think any of my ramrods have ever fit my rifles.  I had to sand and scrape them until they fit. The 5/16Ē ramrods wouldnít fit in the thimbles.   This .32 caliber Iím doing now is the same only it wonít fit in the bore.  Itís going to take a lot of scraping and sanding.
Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: FS: Stock & Barrel rifled 62 cal.
« Last post by Bustedknuckles on Today at 06:32:51 AM »
That's good looking rifling. Pm incoming.
Gun Building / Re: Ramrod channel too tight
« Last post by davec2 on Today at 06:30:30 AM »
You would not need to put a pronounced taper on the last 7 or 8 inches of the rod.  Just reduce the diameter slightly by sanding or, better yet, scraping with one of Acer's ram rod scrapers.  Good tool to have around anyway.
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