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Offline snapper

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Re: A couple Lester Smith rifles
« Reply #25 on: September 21, 2019, 06:26:03 PM »
I had the pleasure of seeing these rifle in person at Friendship.   They are truly stunning.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Wayne of Stoner Creek, and enjoyed getting to know him. 

Hanging out for a few hours at Brooks and Stoner Creek's booth on Saturday was enjoyable and we had a nice visit.

I think Mike enjoyed getting back to Friendship and seeing what he has missed for the past 15 years.

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Re: A couple Lester Smith rifles
« Reply #26 on: September 21, 2019, 06:33:31 PM »
Mike or Wayne - The first rifle pictured, what material for all those inlays?  It looks like silver, either sterling or pure.  I think if I had made it, I would have used Sterling as it is a bit more scratch and dent resistant.
Both are absolutely wonderful to see.
I canít say with total certainty. My best guess would be German Silver. The engraving kinda indicates a harder metal than sterling or coin silver. I believe that the name plate on the barrel is probably sterling.

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Re: A couple Lester Smith rifles
« Reply #27 on: September 21, 2019, 06:42:26 PM »
Try inletting this one.  I can't even imagine it.



 That look like one of Rase's tricks of letting the tree grow around the metal :D

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Re: A couple Lester Smith rifles
« Reply #28 on: September 21, 2019, 06:50:24 PM »
Mike or Wayne - The first rifle pictured, what material for all those inlays?  It looks like silver, either sterling or pure.  I think if I had made it, I would have used Sterling as it is a bit more scratch and dent resistant.
Both are absolutely wonderful to see.
I canít say with total certainty. My best guess would be German Silver. The engraving kinda indicates a harder metal than sterling or coin silver. I believe that the name plate on the barrel is probably sterling.
Looks like german silver to me.
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Re: A couple Lester Smith rifles
« Reply #29 on: September 22, 2019, 06:16:41 AM »
 ;) ;) ;)... Mike, .. I heard somewhere that Lester & Hacker used a lot of coin silver in some of their inlays,... don't know what the proof of that is,... but has to be more than white brass,...!!!

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Re: A couple Lester Smith rifles
« Reply #30 on: September 22, 2019, 04:54:33 PM »
;) ;) ;)... Mike, .. I heard somewhere that Lester & Hacker used a lot of coin silver in some of their inlays,... don't know what the proof of that is,... but has to be more than white brass,...!!!
That may be true, but I think these are german silver except for the name plate in the barrel.
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Re: A couple Lester Smith rifles
« Reply #31 on: September 23, 2019, 12:21:49 PM »
I had the pleasure of seeing these rifle in person at Friendship.   They are truly stunning.

I also had the pleasure of meeting Wayne of Stoner Creek, and enjoyed getting to know him. 

Hanging out for a few hours at Brooks and Stoner Creek's booth on Saturday was enjoyable and we had a nice visit.

I think Mike enjoyed getting back to Friendship and seeing what he has missed for the past 15 years.

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Yup.
I also enjoyed Wayne's hospitality and enjoyed spending time in the booth he was sharing with Mike. At one time or another, I looked around and found the "group" at that booth, besides Wayne and myself consisted of: Mike Brooks, Jim Chambers, Mike Miller and Charlie Burton. Pretty serious company of some of our very best builders to be afforded the opportunity to socialize with and learn a little from.
Thank you Wayne.
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