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Contemporary Accoutrements / Re: Flat Horns
« Last post by Tim Crosby on April 22, 2024, 10:15:22 PM »
  I just saw this one. Some work in progress Pix.

  Tim C.

Black Powder Shooting / MOVED: Flat Horns
« Last post by Tim Crosby on April 22, 2024, 10:12:19 PM »
Black Powder Shooting / Re: percussion caps
« Last post by Robin Henderson on April 22, 2024, 10:11:52 PM »
In my opinion, the RWS caps are of excellent quality. I've used thousands of them without a hitch.
Black Powder Shooting / Re: percussion caps
« Last post by BillF/TRF on April 22, 2024, 09:54:05 PM »
As a follow-up on my question, I have found a brand of percussion caps called RWS (European made?) that are available from a US supplier but know nothing about their quality.  Anyone familiar with this brand and how it compares with CCI or Remington?  Thanks.
Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: Books for trade
« Last post by Ky-Flinter on April 22, 2024, 09:20:10 PM »

Once you own the books and you are ready to sell, just place a new ad with a price for each book and sell away.  I will lock this thread so it doesn’t get more confusing.  I would suggest honoring the requests for books already made above, but that’s just me.  Let me know if you need anything.

Antique Gun Collecting / Re: ORWAN signed barrel
« Last post by Avlrc on April 22, 2024, 09:19:41 PM »
Nice Find.

In Bowers book page 58, he says,

 John Orwan, Carlisle Tax assessment 1793-1800. " The few rifles I've have seen are rather mediocre, very little to recommend them in design or execution"

Black Powder Shooting / percussion caps
« Last post by BillF/TRF on April 22, 2024, 09:08:44 PM »
Has anyone found a supplier of percussion caps?  Either Remington or CCI would work for me.  thanks
Gun Building / Re: Under Rib attaching
« Last post by okawbow on April 22, 2024, 09:06:21 PM »

I have done a couple hollow rib s by pinning them tightly to under lugs. . Worked very well so far. I start with a 1/16” end mill to begin the hole while the barrel and rib are clamped together in the drill press vice. drill out with a 1/16” drill, and then a 3/32” drill for the pin. This has the advantage of easy removal and re-attachment if needed.
Contemporary Longrifle Collecting / Re: My New Allen Martin Schimmel
« Last post by Hawken62_flint on April 22, 2024, 08:58:42 PM »
I really like it. I've seen a couple of Allen's Shimmels, and he does an amazing job. The rest of us wanna be builders can only aspire to be half as good. I have a left-handed one waiting in the wings for me to attempt. Great job Allen and you got yourself a work of art, Daniel.
Gun Building / Re: Under Rib attaching
« Last post by mikeyfirelock on April 22, 2024, 08:58:26 PM »
I have to ask.   How much solder do all of you guys use?    As I recall ( it’s been a long time since I built a half stock) what I did was take a strip of wire solder and hammer the snot out of it on the anvil till I had a ribbon of solder that was not any thicker than notebook paper. Then I cut it into ribbons slightly less than the width of the channel in the rib.  Then a light coat of flux on the barrel flat and same on the rib .   It doesn’t take much.  Same for thimbles… them at same time.. Then clamp all together, using rod on the rib with several clamps to make sure of contact and alignment thru the full length of the rib.   Heat till see solder bead on junction of rib and barrel ….(heat the rod as much or more than the rib because that puts heat where it’s needed.  This procedure sound like a lot of work but it’s really not, and clamping with the rod in the channel keeps things aligned and puts the heat where it’s needed.
Mikeyfirelock…..Hoosier hillbilly wanna be gunsmith
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