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Gun Building / Re: Kibler Colonial lock foot print
« Last post by Frank on August 12, 2022, 03:57:19 PM »
I would like to know if I could replace a Chambers early ketland with a Kibler colonial without too much trouble?

What is wrong with your Chambers lock? Their early Ketland is one of the best locks out there.
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Gun Building / MOVED: Mr Bob Roller
« Last post by Tim Crosby on August 12, 2022, 03:40:50 PM »
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Gun Building / Re: Aqua Fortis Reagent
« Last post by goodtime7 on August 12, 2022, 03:38:15 PM »
Dave,

Any thoughts on a good starting dilution of lye to bring out the red color after heat blushing ferric nitrate?     Thanks.    Bruce
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Contemporary Accoutrements / Re: Scrap box starter and sleeve
« Last post by John Proud on August 12, 2022, 03:23:43 PM »
Impressive!
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Gun Building / Re: Kibler Colonial lock foot print
« Last post by bob in the woods on August 12, 2022, 03:12:24 PM »
I would like to know if I could replace a Chambers early ketland with a Kibler colonial without too much trouble?

After a search, I've found the following:   Kibler Colonial 6 in x 1 in
                 
                                                         Chambers Early Ketland 5 3/4 x 1 in
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Gun Building / Re: Kibler Colonial lock foot print
« Last post by bob in the woods on August 12, 2022, 03:08:12 PM »
Bob in the woods, i just finished inletting one of Kiblers colonials in a build. if i can i will outline the plate and post it either full size or with dimensions.
as to fastness i am thoroughly impressed with this lock.
I use Track of the Wolf's lock photos because they are full size, and useful for planning a build. Thanks for your interest and offer.
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Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: Pattern Makers Vise
« Last post by Dan Fruth on August 12, 2022, 02:28:02 PM »
You'll have 1 less vice to deal with!
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Gun Building / Re: Aqua Fortis Reagent
« Last post by smart dog on August 12, 2022, 02:08:26 PM »
Hi,
Davec2 is completely correct.  You should get good results with either ferric nitrate crystals dissolved in alcohol or water,  or aqua fortis made using nitric acid and iron.  The results may differ a little.  You should neutralize the stain made from nitric acid after blushing with heat using ammonia, baking soda in water, or lye in water.  Theoretically, you do not need to neutralize the stain made from ferric nitrate crystals.  However, I often still paint the stock with lye mixed in water because it will redden the color of the blushed stain considerably if that is my desire.

dave 
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Gun Building / Re: Laurel Mt Forge Browning?
« Last post by davec2 on August 12, 2022, 07:21:25 AM »
Having the right humidity and temperature is a HUGE help in getting a great finish and quickly.  Living in Southern California, the heat isn't usually a problem but we have little to no humidity most of the year.  This old post of mine covers how I got around that...

https://americanlongrifles.org/forum/index.php?topic=21382.msg203054#msg203054
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Gun Building / Re: Aqua Fortis Reagent
« Last post by davec2 on August 12, 2022, 06:46:29 AM »
canadianml1,

The iron nitrate in solid form is manufactured by dissolving iron in nitric acid and it is then desiccated to the solid crystalline form.  So, if you re-dissolve the ferric nitrate in water, you are right back to the same place as you would be dissolving iron in nitric acid....with a slight exception.  In the fresh nitric acid dissolution there may be some residual unreacted acid present that will not be there if you dissolve the solid in water.  The unreacted acid will also contribute to the color of the wood, along with the absorbed iron, after heat blushing.  Will it make a noticeable difference on any given piece of wood ??  It has for me but that is subject to the internal chemistry of the individual piece of wood.  The simple answer is that the dissolved iron nitrate crystals will certainly darken the wood just like the dissolved iron in nitric acid.  Whether they would come out the same on a single piece of wood is an unknown.  I have tried it all three ways...iron dissolved in nitric acid, iron (ferric) nitrate in water, iron nitrate in ethanol.  All three came out very similar but a tad different on a single piece of wood.  Just my results from a single experiment.

Hope this helps.

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