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Offline Skychief

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Let's see your smoothbores!
« on: May 14, 2016, 03:24:30 PM »
Please post any pictures of your smoothbore(s) here.  Just a picture or include a description, likes, dislikes, etc.  Hunting pics, or out on the back porch, or whatever!

My squirrel rifle picture thread seems to have gone "viral" ;D. Let's see if this smoothy picture thread can take off too.

Thanks in advance, Skychief

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2016, 05:41:46 PM »
The first is a 12 ga Caywood english game gun with a 30 inch jug choked barrel.

This one is "Achilles" another 12 ga with a 32 inch colerain jug choked barrel that I built myself. I fell going down a steep grade hunting with Achilles this spring an broke the stock at the wrist. It was not designed for a fat redneck to fall on it. I took the barrel an lock an sent to Joe Schell an he is going to make it into a iron mounted southern smoothbore for me before next turkey season.

Nothing beats the feel of a handmade southern iron mounted flintlock on a cold frosty morning

Offline sqrldog

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2016, 06:20:29 PM »
Must of landed on Achilles heel. ;D

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2016, 06:24:03 PM »
Exactly ;D
Nothing beats the feel of a handmade southern iron mounted flintlock on a cold frosty morning

Offline Daryl

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2016, 07:35:00 PM »
20 bore normal choke Hunkeler



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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2016, 08:50:18 PM »
You can see my smoothbore in the hunting photos post.  Bear, deer, and geese along with anything thing else I hunt.  It is my most used firearm.

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2016, 09:01:00 PM »
12 bore, 72" Rayl barrel. Not mine but I put it together for a friend. 

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2016, 09:14:20 PM »
James, you did nice work on that 72" fowler.  I like the antique finish. 

What was the theory behind the super long barrels back in the day?  Were the shot over the gunwales of a boat at floating birds? 

Best wishes,   Marc

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2016, 09:15:53 PM »
Hey Daryl,  I really like that piece of wood on your Hunkeler.  Black walnut perhaps?  Best wishes,   Marc

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2016, 09:30:25 PM »
James, you did nice work on that 72" fowler.  I like the antique finish. 

What was the theory behind the super long barrels back in the day?  Were the shot over the gunwales of a boat at floating birds? 

Best wishes,   Marc
Marc,
They were used for duck and swan guns. This one is a shoulder gun like many were. I would have loved to build a  Dutch or English waterfowling piece around this one but my friend had already gotten Fred Miller to put in a pre-carve. I radically changed it as much as possible. My friend wanted a shotgun with a 6' barrel like he had read about in a 1850s hunting account.

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2016, 09:56:20 PM »
24 ga. sighted smoothbore, circa 1994.  Metal started out white or bright and has honest (not artificial) aging from years of use and carry.  This is what your faked guns should look like.  It has been from Indiana to Washington and parts in between.  Been cleaned with cold coffee, swamp water, and used to pound tent stakes in.  It's been elk and deer hunting, taken pheasants, and dusted a clay pigeon at 70 yards.  Sharon barrel and flawless working L&R Jaeger lock.  Competed against rifles in local matches for years and did well.  Shoots as good today as it ever did.











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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2016, 04:02:53 AM »
My .62 / 20 smoothbore


Offline smylee grouch

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #14 on: May 15, 2016, 04:40:00 AM »
Wow, 72" barrel takes a long chunk of stock wood! Nice gun.

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #15 on: May 15, 2016, 05:49:10 AM »
My 20 ga Chief's gun.

Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #16 on: May 15, 2016, 03:37:25 PM »
12 ga English fowler I made, 38" Colerain barrel, jug choked full by Caywood.




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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #17 on: May 16, 2016, 07:37:26 AM »
This is not the most complimentary picture of this fine gun but here it is anyway.

This is a Chambers' Pennsyvania fowler 20 gauge.  The drop at comb and heel is excellent for shot or ball, and it handles perfectly.

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Offline conquerordie

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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #18 on: May 16, 2016, 01:24:21 PM »
Love that smoothie TOF.
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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #19 on: May 16, 2016, 01:59:04 PM »


.54 smooth rifle great for deer with ball and squirrel with shot.



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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #20 on: May 16, 2016, 03:15:19 PM »
Burnt, what kind of wood is that .54? Hard to tell from photo.
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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #21 on: May 16, 2016, 03:29:01 PM »
20 gauge Caywood 42" barrel.


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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #22 on: May 16, 2016, 03:41:09 PM »
My right handed 20 gauge with 46" barrel made by Nate Mckenzie


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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #23 on: May 16, 2016, 05:08:47 PM »
Burnt, what kind of wood is that .54? Hard to tell from photo.
It is a piece of spalted maple from the tree that was in front of my shop when it burned. The barrel was in the shop when 3/4 of a gallon of reagent grade nitric acid vaporized in the heat.
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Re: Let's see your smoothbores!
« Reply #24 on: May 16, 2016, 05:10:09 PM »
Just a few, 6 foot buccaneer musket 75 cal.  A couple boxlock blunderbusses, a Spanish "Ripoll" pistol, A large Sanish Blunderbuss, and a wheellock.