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Antique Gun Collecting / Re: New England Fowler Lock
« Last post by mr. no gold on Today at 10:54:38 PM »
A beautiful NE gun! It has all the bells and whistles and appears to be a late 1700s gun; perhaps barely into the 1800s. It has an early lock much like the English round faced locks popular in the late Colonial era into the Rev War Period. I can't see any carving, but then they never had much anyway, usually at the rear of the barrel tang. These guns would be a delight to take into field or forest. Light and they aim very well. Good on you for finding it and thank you for showing it here so that we can all admire it.
Contemporary Accoutrements / Re: Another Leather Covered Horn #2
« Last post by Not English on Today at 10:51:13 PM »

I can definitely sympathize with the wait. I think I will be going with a narrow leather strap. The bag I plan on using it with has a woven strap.

Tim, do you have recommendations for care of the leather work.

Gun Building / Re: Why I hate wood
« Last post by Mike Lyons on Today at 10:50:17 PM »

I always listen and take notes when Taylor speaks.

I second that.  Thereís a few on here that seriously know what their talking about.  Itís a good thing we have them around.
Antique Gun Collecting / Re: New England Fowler Lock
« Last post by Avlrc on Today at 10:45:20 PM »
took barrel out , no markings, no marking on lock anywhere.  oct to round 40 inch barrel.  flat on top of barrel to sight.  .50 bore at muzzle. lightweight 6 pounds.

Black Powder Shooting / Re: Southern rifle lock question
« Last post by Jeff Murray on Today at 10:31:18 PM »
interesting observation from flintchrocket.  I have a 32 caliber southern rifle that is an absolute tack driver and death on squirrels.  it has a Siler lock which works very well.  it was also built over 40 years ago. 
Gun Building / Re: Stock-Patches Around Breech
« Last post by rich pierce on Today at 10:26:12 PM »
Structurally, the rear bearing surfaces of the barrel breech and tang lug are what matters. The rest is not as structurally critical, but cosmetic.
Gun Building / Stock-Patches Around Breech
« Last post by DHouse on Today at 10:20:40 PM »
Good Day All, I could not find this information on the forum or my literature, my apologies if it has already been posted. I accidentally overcarved my rifle stock(a kit) in the breech plug area due to a lack of knowledge of drafts and learned the hard way. That was months ago. I had a baby and am back at it now. I glued in repair-patches(small slivers of wood), and am back at square one: inletting the tang and breech plug. The inletting process is now going much smoother and am enjoying the labor. However, my number one priority is safety.

What are the most critical contact point(s) in the breech plug and breech-tang area where metal meets wood? I realized yesterday I will have small air pockets along part of the tang edges and am now considering gluing in even more slivers/patches of wood; or starting all over with a fresh new stock, sadly. I'm only a rookie to longrifle's but it seems unsafe to have a bunch of glued-in patches around the breech plug area. Yet I've heard that the wood will swell, and that antique longrifle's had more play and gaps than one might think. One good thing is I will have great solid contact with the back of the muzzle-tube and the stock. Curios your thoughts.

Thank You,
Gun Building / Re: Steel Wool
« Last post by P.W.Berkuta on Today at 10:13:23 PM »
I've never had an issue with 4/0 steel wool - before staining with AF or after. I also use the red and gray Scotchbrite by it's self or with the steel wool to no ill effect. Lucky I guess ;D ;)
Black Powder Shooting / Re: Swiss vs Goex velocity
« Last post by recurve on Today at 10:10:34 PM »
  Swiss  simply WORKS better for me. giving tighter groups than Goex did in my guns with less fouling

John House
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