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Offline Robert Wolfe

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New England Composite Fowling Gun
« on: October 30, 2021, 08:03:39 PM »
Just finished this fowling gun inspired by several New England fowlers in Grinslade’s wonderful book. I’d be happy to have any critique you wish to offer.

It is built around a 48-inch .55 caliber Hoyt barrel and a cherry stock. I used a Davis Jager lock with their “continental” cock because that’s what I had in my parts box. I did some file work on the tail, nose, pan, frizzen and frizzen spring finial. I made the buttplate, sideplate, silver front sight, trigger guard and thimbles. I haven’t figured out engraving yet so had Mike Brooks do a quick job for me. The cherry was colored with lye based oven cleaner. As is my wont, I gave it an aged finish to make it look like a well-kept antique, at least from a few feet away. I still have a hard time bashing the wood but I’m getting there! Not sure what the difference is between aging the metal and the wood but there’s a psychological difference for me somehow. Perhaps my childhood has something to do with it; “Robert, careful around that furniture or you’ll scratch it! [SMACK]”

Note: In the pics you may see tiny nits on the finish. That’s actually not in the finish it is a misty rain that was in the air as I took the pictures. Also, yes, the ramrod is short – it is from another gun as a placeholder in the picture till I find a blank long enough.






















« Last Edit: October 30, 2021, 08:15:51 PM by Robert Wolfe »
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Offline rich pierce

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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2021, 10:01:27 PM »
Very nicely planned and done! I like it a lot.
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Offline Dave Marsh

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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #2 on: October 30, 2021, 10:41:24 PM »
I like it a lot.  Very nice fowler.
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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2021, 02:19:36 AM »
I like it. LOTS ;D
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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2021, 03:12:41 AM »
Looking very nice, Robert!
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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2021, 05:34:43 AM »
Good looking gun RW. I really like the look of the nailed on hardware.

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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #6 on: October 31, 2021, 05:53:40 AM »
Thanks all for the comments.

Brian - thanks for noticing the nails I enjoyed that. Hadn't nailed on a trigger guard or buttplate before.
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Offline BOB HILL

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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #7 on: October 31, 2021, 04:55:22 PM »
Good looking gun,Robert. Thanks for sharing it.
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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #8 on: November 01, 2021, 12:24:47 AM »
Nice fowler. Looks like you really nailed it.  :D

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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #9 on: November 01, 2021, 01:13:10 AM »
I like that more New England fowlers are being made. There’s a wealth of opportunities there.
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Offline Robert Wolfe

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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #10 on: November 01, 2021, 01:38:53 AM »
Rich - I agree. Lots of opportunity do build some interesting pieces.
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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #11 on: November 01, 2021, 03:30:20 AM »
Looks great, love the finish on your iron .

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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #12 on: November 01, 2021, 05:39:24 AM »
Beautiful !   My favourite guns  :)  Mine will be out looking for deer tomorrow .

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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #13 on: November 01, 2021, 05:12:26 PM »
Neat gun, and it stands out from the crowd.   God Bless,   Marc

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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #14 on: November 04, 2021, 03:10:05 AM »
Very nice!

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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #15 on: November 05, 2021, 12:27:03 AM »
sorry late to this,  love, love the nailed parts Robert! nice thinking

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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #16 on: November 05, 2021, 01:37:07 AM »
Thanks Guido - I liked doing the nails. Gives it a different look.
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Re: New England Composite Fowling Gun
« Reply #17 on: November 10, 2021, 03:47:18 AM »
Thats stunning! You've really made it look convincingly period. (Or, did you lift it from the Boston Museum?? :D )  Nice work indeed and very unique,, which is always a boost!