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« Last post by wapiti22 on February 25, 2024, 10:03:17 PM »
Black Powder Shooting / Re: cleaning my SMR .36
« Last post by Bob Hatfield on February 25, 2024, 10:03:05 PM »
1800's cleaning advice. 

Using tallow on the patch, shoot the rifle every day at a squirrel. Reload the rifle and put it over the fireplace mantel. Eat the squirrel if you didn't miss and never have to clean the rifle.

Antique Gun Collecting / William Turvey rifle
« Last post by lexington1 on February 25, 2024, 09:55:52 PM »
I thought this was pretty cool. A William Turvey breechloading rifle. The 34" barrel is approx. .75 caliber and has a twist rate of approx. 1/48".

Black Powder Shooting / Re: Measuring patch thickness
« Last post by Daryl on February 25, 2024, 08:32:44 PM »
I find washed and dried denim usually ends up .001" to .002" thicker than in the store.
Black Powder Shooting / Re: .69 smoothbores
« Last post by Daryl on February 25, 2024, 08:31:23 PM »
It is a VERY nice gun to shoot, SmyleeG.
Gun Building / Re: Barrel Channels
« Last post by Daryl on February 25, 2024, 08:27:18 PM »
Post #1, Trapper bill. Welcome to the forum.
Gun Building / Re: Collier second model flint pistol
« Last post by Daryl on February 25, 2024, 08:25:57 PM »
I'm not seeing a picture, either, Robby.
Gun Building / Re: Bobby Hoyt fyi
« Last post by Rawhide Rick on February 25, 2024, 08:19:08 PM »
I have a fast twist conical barrel that Hoyt did for me, he does incredible work.  I wonder though, if Hoyt is swamped with work, why does no one mention Ed Rayl?  I have a barrel that Rayl did for me, that is also very good quality.  Is he retired?
Antique Gun Collecting / Re: What say ye about this fowler?
« Last post by bluenoser on February 25, 2024, 08:03:27 PM »
Thank you for your reply.
Fulminate pitting on the barrel above the drum suggests the drum has been on the gun significantly longer than the current lock which, I suspect, might have been installed well into the 20th century.  Based on the two holes and the current lock bolt, I believe the gun was likely built using a converted flint lock.  Alternately, it might have been built as a flint and the lock later converted to percussion, but the lack of pitting around what would have been the flash hole doesn't seem to support that.
Could you expand on the reasoning behind your comment?
Gun Building / Re: Annealing investment brass TG
« Last post by Bill Raby on February 25, 2024, 07:56:04 PM »
Air cool brass after annealing if you are not sure what alloy it is. Some brass alloys will get brittle if quenched.
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