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Offline t.caster

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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #25 on: May 12, 2009, 07:25:16 PM »
Thanks for posting Rich, I've been waiting about 5 yrs. to see that one. Hey, glaciers melt faster than that  ;D
Starting to look like something now!!!
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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #26 on: May 12, 2009, 07:46:44 PM »
I hear ya on glaciers.  Once a build gets to this stage, I tend to get excited and can't leave it alone.  Lots of decisions to make.
Andover, Vermont

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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #27 on: May 13, 2009, 06:18:49 AM »
Capt Fred,
Looks good. Tang inlet looks good. Not easy to do with that long tang with the taper and flare. Nice color too.
Jeff

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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #28 on: May 14, 2009, 05:27:13 PM »
I've been making progress on buttstock shaping.  Probably next I will make and inlet the entry thimble.  That will allow me to shape the forearm.  Once that is done I can shape the lock panels and lock panel to wrist transition, make a sideplate etc.  I like shaping buttstocks so generally get a head start on that and get it fairly far along before working on the lock area.  Quick and dirty photos.





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Offline Roger Fisher

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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #29 on: May 14, 2009, 06:33:40 PM »
Thanks for posting the photos.  I like to see examples of work in progress!


Offline KLMoors

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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #30 on: May 15, 2009, 04:19:44 PM »
Here are a couple of pics of the TOTW Jim Bridger. I tried some antique work on the steel on this one. Came out so-so. I think I'll rust the next one I try to antique a bit deeper to get some more texture along with the color changes.




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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #31 on: May 15, 2009, 04:59:20 PM »
looks great.  Fine lines and coloring, would like to see more closeups, cheekpiece, etc.
Andover, Vermont

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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #32 on: May 15, 2009, 05:11:14 PM »
I like that Hawken, looks great. I'd just knock off the sharp edges on the barrel a bit and you're good to go!
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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #33 on: May 15, 2009, 07:06:06 PM »
Thanks Rich and Mike. Here are a few more pics.








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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #34 on: May 15, 2009, 08:15:20 PM »
Thanks, great looking Hawken rifle.
Andover, Vermont

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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #35 on: May 16, 2009, 06:17:07 AM »
like the gun, really like the wood.        mark            8)

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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #36 on: May 16, 2009, 06:02:19 PM »
I'm not a fan of 1/2 stock cap lock rifles, but that one is one I could easily live with! ;D
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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #37 on: May 17, 2009, 04:00:32 PM »
Thanks guys. And Mike, having seen your work on your website I really appreciate your praise. Thanks again.

Offline Dphariss

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Re: Where are the gun makers??
« Reply #38 on: May 17, 2009, 07:09:04 PM »
This the finish on a used S Hawken rifle.




This is how most old used guns look like and this one is likely pretty much like it was at the end of its service life, likely being retired with 10-20 years service (?). It shows the correct finish/metal/wood wear.
Here is a trade gun same scenario of use.


This goes back to my post on the "bleach" thread concerning people trying to "antique" something when they don't even know what its supposed to look like.
This is not an insult to anyone its a simple statement of fact.

ALL the wood and ALL the metal does not "age" at the same rate.
The metal parts don't look like they were boiled in bleach.
Most of the overall pitting on guns comes from STORAGE after they fell from use (kids playing with the "old gun" does not help either) or outright neglect/stupidity by the owner. USING the gun and doing a little maintenance tends to PREVENT pitting other than chlorate pits on percussion guns. Just using oiled or greased patches will put some oil/grease on some metal parts.
So the old guns, at least during their service life, don't look like they were boiled in bleach.
I have a rifle that has been shot hundreds of shots. Its been dinged and dented. But the heat blue is hardly worn off the TG and pipes. It was made about 30 years ago. It is neither excessively pampered or abused.
Dan
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