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Gun Building / Painted Stock Issue
« Last post by Panzerschwein on Today at 09:32:22 AM »
I recently took possession of a painted Carolina trade gun built by a maker I will not name to protect their reputation. The paint however, was not cured when I received the gun and quickly developed scrapes from just normal handling. The paint could be scraped off easily with a fingernail and had the consistency of crayon wax.

The builder appeared to use latex paint applied too thickly or otherwise improperly. I contacted him about this and he told me his apprentice must have used turpentine based finishing wax which caused the paint not to cure properly.

Long story short, I shipped the gun back to him and he repainted over Thanksgiving, and said the paint cured properly this time. I got the gun back today and the paint is doing the exact same thing and feels just as tacky and uncured as before. And sure enough, it can be scraped easily with a fingernail.

Where should I go from here? Should I attempt to let the paint cure? It seems this could take weeks/months if the paint was improperly applied and in the meantime I can’t use the gun for fear of damaging the uncured paint.

What would you all do?
Gun Building / Re: Making your own AF Nitric Acid Stain
« Last post by Scota4570 on Today at 08:05:55 AM »
I'd love to own the book by Bill Knight and Bill Mende not @ $250 though.  I miss corresponding with Bill Knight, he was great at satisfying my desire to get into the weeds on various technical subjects. 
Over the last 50 years I've been shooting black powder (cap TC Hawken, variety of percussion revolvers-mostly 44's, and self reloaded conversion Uberti revolvers), I've always used Goex probably 95% of the time. Have used some Schuetzen and in the early days a 3F powder called Metor. To those of you who have used Graf's powder, how does it compare to Goex and also Schuetzen.

 I never really saw any advantage to Schuetzen over Goex, but I'll admit I've only burned around 3-4 pounds of the stuff. Goex has always been readily available at a nearby gunshop and until recently (onset of all the Covid $#@*) around $15-16 a pound. I've a pretty good stockpile of Goex 2/3F on hand. but never hurts to get some when available at a reasonable price. My gunshop owner has problems getting at times and I believe the last shipment he got in was selling maybe around $22-25 a pound. Just would like some feedback on how Graf's works compared to Goex and Schuetzen. I see Graf's indicates their store brand of black powder is manufactured by Wano, which I have heard some about. Thanks for any info. CC
Black Powder Shooting / Re: black powder in stock and on sale Graf&sons
« Last post by Jerry on Today at 07:29:33 AM »
Just checked Graf&Sons web site. All I found was black powder replacement at $67 a pound.
You’re missing it somehow.
You are correct Rich. Graf 2f was on sale. My mistake. Thanks, Jerry
Black Powder Shooting / Re: Black Powder
« Last post by Panzerschwein on Today at 07:20:40 AM »
I like O.E. pretty well. Burns pretty clean. Smells the same to me?
Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Mark O'N-80 on buttplate of long rifle
« Last post by Tanselman on Today at 06:05:50 AM »
Would you mind posting photos of your rifle, front and back showing full butt out to about 10" past lock plate area? I have only seen a couple of A. J. Jones rifles and illustrated one in "Kentucky Gunmakers 1775-1900,"all have been percussion guns. He may have made a flintlock in the very first years of his career, which started about 1836. It would be great to see an early flint gun by him. There was also an A. S. Jones whose script signature can be confused with A. J. Jones at times. I'd greatly appreciate seeing the rifle you have. I've never seen any type stamping on the butt plates on the couple A. S. Jones rifles I've examined... which seems to suggest, if nothing else is abnormal on the gun, that it was a pre- or post-existing stamp. Thanks for mentioning this gun,

Shelby Gallien
Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Help identifying Virginia rifle
« Last post by Tanselman on Today at 05:50:26 AM »
The stamped signature is virtually identical to the illustrated signature on a curly maple stocked Gabriel McInturff rifle shown in Jerry Noble's "Notes on Southern Longrifles Vol. 3. Gabriel S. McInturff was born in Washington Co., TN in 1805, and worked there as a gunsmith where he was recorded in 1838 as a road-overseer, according to Jerry Noble's research in Vol. I. The area later became Unicoi County.

Shelby Gallien
Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Help identifying Virginia rifle
« Last post by GrizG on Today at 05:44:24 AM »
There is a Tukee in AZ... ;)

Mcintukee? Mcinturff?

Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Help identifying Virginia rifle
« Last post by Sequatchie Rifle on Today at 05:43:16 AM »
The McInturff’s were a family of East Tennessee gunmakers.
Antique Gun Collecting / Re: Help identifying Virginia rifle
« Last post by mr. no gold on Today at 05:32:31 AM »
Good mountain gun. Name looks like 'McInturff,' a recognized maker's name. Thank you for the photos. You will get some better comments from others on this Forum, with more knowledge than I can muster.
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