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Offline ed lundquist

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Rifle #5
« on: December 07, 2021, 04:57:10 AM »
Started with a pattern from Eric Von Aschwege which was helpful particularly for its' cross sections. The maple is hard, old and quilted or blistered and a test to my meager sharpening skills. Chambers Dale Johnson lock, Gohring guard, Brooks buttplate, Rice 44" 40 cal barrel. Pipes, nosecap, patchbox, brass and silver inlays made by me. This was a challenging rifle for me and I am satisfied with it for the most part, lots of room for improvement. Hopefully I'll be confident enough in my engraving to begin that soon. Thanks for looking and comments. Ed




















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Offline smylee grouch

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2021, 05:09:45 AM »
I am no expert but I like your gun. It really is striking.  :)

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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2021, 07:21:32 AM »
I feel the same way, Ed. Looks just great to me. The curl and flames are really STRIKING. :o
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Offline hawkeye

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2021, 11:25:34 AM »
Yes indeed, striking colors on the wood, really like this rifle overall
Nice job

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2021, 11:50:07 AM »
Really beautiful work. Love the cheek carving.

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2021, 12:16:05 PM »
I like it
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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2021, 04:39:30 PM »
Your technical skills are great. Very pleasing carving on the buttstock, great flow there. Excellent staining and finishing. You clearly have the skills to make fine guns. Lighting does tricks with photos sometimes - is the forearm and area around the entry thimble well-rounded like an egg when you roll the stock as you hold it there? Or is it a bit oblong? I canít tell.
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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2021, 04:40:32 PM »
Looks great Ed!!!!!

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2021, 04:50:36 PM »
Beautiful rifle build. I love that silhouette.

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #9 on: December 07, 2021, 05:04:21 PM »
I give it a ten out of ten on all points. That wood is just jaw dropping.

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #10 on: December 07, 2021, 05:08:05 PM »
Ed, Very NICE!!, excellent craftsmanship

Offline ed lundquist

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #11 on: December 07, 2021, 05:19:08 PM »
Exactly Rich, it is squareish. I didn't round the tail of the entry pipe enough. Didn't realize I wouldn't be able to round it more until it was too late. Should have scrapped that pipe and made another. Wont make that mistake again. Thanks

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #12 on: December 07, 2021, 05:24:20 PM »
That's a helluva piece of wood and you got some great color out of it. Is it a slapper or does it have enough drop to shoot?
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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #13 on: December 07, 2021, 05:35:01 PM »
Mike, it has not been shot. It is a 40 so I don't expect to be punished too severely. Gonna try and shoot it today. Wish I had a matching blank for a pistol. Thanks

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #14 on: December 07, 2021, 05:50:12 PM »
An all-around spectacular looking rifle. You did a fine job finishing it to bring out the color and figure in that exquisite piece of wood!
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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #15 on: December 07, 2021, 06:10:29 PM »
The finish is Kibler tannic acid, iron nitrate, heat, wet sand 320/mineral spirits, thinned Lancaster maple, wet sand 320/mineral spirits, wet sand 400 till happy, boiled linseed oil 6-7 coats sanded or 0000 wool, some burnt umber artist oil paint scrubbed in between coats, more oil. The linseed seems to enhance the amber tones, I'm sure it will darken some yet. Wax.

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #16 on: December 07, 2021, 06:12:12 PM »
Thanks for the kind remarks, you guys have helped me plenty!

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2021, 07:09:08 PM »
Now thats somethin special.
Salute!

Offline J. Talbert

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #18 on: December 07, 2021, 07:23:05 PM »
Nice job, very pleasing piece.

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Offline ed lundquist

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #19 on: December 07, 2021, 08:19:40 PM »
Too cold and windy to play for long. No slap at all, I am really going to enjoy this rifle.


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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2021, 08:24:48 PM »
Looks like a great group to start with.

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2021, 08:35:58 PM »
The colors are striking, Ed. Well done.

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2021, 09:48:15 PM »
Ed, I wrote a note to Daryl about your rifle which I trust he'll pass along to you.
For the sake of constructive critique, I will reiterate here.
The entry pipe tail is too wide and consequently, too flat.  That is where you ran into trouble shaping the forestock. 
As others have commented, your use of stain following a perfect sanding job is remarkable. I don't think one can get better definition from curl than what you have accomplished. You will enjoy this rifle for many years to come.
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Offline ed lundquist

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #23 on: December 08, 2021, 01:31:22 AM »
Taylor, You are spot on with all your observations and most of them have played on my mind at one time or another while finishing the rifle. Sometimes I think I can will things to work when it is only careful observation and patience that get the job done right. I want to start another right away but luckily it will take some time to gather parts etc. Give me some time to ponder my errors. I think this school is a tough one to get right and I wish I could hold an original for a while to study. Kinda like when they painted elephants and bison without having seen them. Thanks as always.

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Re: Rifle #5
« Reply #24 on: December 08, 2021, 03:48:41 AM »
Ed that is a fine piece of work.  Well done and great looking finish.  I've made the same mistake on making entry pipe tails too wide.  Fortunately the couple wide ones I fabricated on are sitting in my junk box and never made it on a gun, I chalked it up to pipe building practice.