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Offline WaterFowl

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #375 on: February 22, 2016, 04:34:15 AM »
Ted... Really neat rifle....What weight -style bbl did you use?..
If I was a squirrel that's the rifle I wanna be sent to acorn heaven with..
Got love all this eye candy!

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #376 on: February 23, 2016, 04:42:12 AM »
....What weight -style bbl did you use?..

WaterFowl- Thanks. It's a straight sided 13/16", .36 caliber Green Mountain barrel.
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #377 on: February 24, 2016, 01:26:58 AM »
Just for a minute I thought this thread was going to slip off the first page !!
   I already have one rifle posted on this thread, but thought I would share this little beauty. I guess it would have to be described as a "fantasy" or a reenactorism rifle. I think the maker was trying to represent his idea of what a transitional period SMR might have looked like. Fantasy or not, the little rifle has excellent balance and accuracy.



 Ron Paull made this rifle in '79 or '80 when he was still living in Montana. It is a .40 cal., and has a hand swamped, cut rifled barrel that measures 45", and is very close in profile to an "A" profile (I believe it is one that Les Bauska made).



 It has some classic Upper East Tennessee features, and some much more unusual features as well.


The Germanic style lock, South Carolina style buttplate, and the trade-gun like baluster wrist are obvious anomalies.

The rifle weighs in at a whopping 6 lb, 10 oz.s. The barrel has been lightly browned and the lock is heat blued. The rest of the metalwork appears to have been heated and then quenched in linseed oil. The workmanship is absolutely "top shelf" My poor photographic skills and the bright sunlight make the stock seem a much lighter color that it is in person.




   The rifle fits me perfectly and will consistently produce ragged one-hole groups at 50 yards with a .390 ball, .018 patch, and 35 gr. of Swiss FFFG. The lock is "scary" fast!! It has been my go-to rifle since I received it, and has killed more small game than any other rifle I own ( muzzleloader or cartridge). It has survived two primitive canoe trips down the Missouri River and more hunting trips, woods-walks, and walk-in rendezvous than I can remember and has the scars to prove it.....


   I guess it's pretty obvious that I think a lot of this little rifle!

This has been an OUTSTANDING thread !!!
Tom
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #378 on: February 29, 2016, 04:59:28 AM »
Finally got the 40 out for an evening hunt. With season closing, knew i better get her out and see what she can do. Hit everything i aimed at, which was 3 squirrels. Could have killed more, but was giving them away and did not want to over do it. Season has been rough here in tn. Shot the fox squirrel at about 70 yards. Looked like a possum hanging on a tree..lol
 
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #379 on: February 29, 2016, 06:03:51 AM »
Finally got the 40 out for an evening hunt. With season closing, knew i better get her out and see what she can do. Hit everything i aimed at, which was 3 squirrels. Could have killed more, but was giving them away and did not want to over do it. Season has been rough here in tn. Shot the fox squirrel at about 70 yards. Looked like a possum hanging on a tree..lol
 

Squirrels been scarce around here, 2 bad mast years in a row.  Maybe '16 is better.  So far, so good (the mast crop hasn't been zapped yet) and also maybe I'll get a smaller bore done...
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #380 on: February 29, 2016, 09:48:39 PM »
That's a real "eye candy" rifle, bowkill.
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #381 on: March 22, 2016, 06:54:53 AM »


 This is a 36 I built. Stocked from the blank, 44" green mountain a wt swamped barrel, Chambers ketland lock and Davis triggers.
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #382 on: March 22, 2016, 03:02:12 PM »
Nice one Joe. I'm building a .36 this week.....FOR MYSELF! ;D I'll throw some pics up here when I get 'er done!
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #383 on: March 22, 2016, 03:12:36 PM »
Nice rifles that have been added lately.
 Since this thread is so popular can it be made a sticky......?
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #384 on: March 22, 2016, 04:34:02 PM »
Nice rifle Joe. Like everything about this one. Will be an excellent tree rat getter. Thanks for showing us.

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #385 on: March 23, 2016, 12:47:24 AM »
Nice rifle Joe - really like the looks of it.

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #386 on: March 23, 2016, 03:08:48 AM »
Thanks guys. Lookin forward to seeing that 36, Mike.

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #387 on: March 24, 2016, 05:59:31 PM »
Very nice, Joe!

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #388 on: March 25, 2016, 11:58:31 PM »
Very sharp Joe. I like it lots ;D
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #389 on: March 26, 2016, 12:27:11 AM »
Another @!*% fine longrifle, Joe.

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #390 on: March 26, 2016, 03:19:54 AM »
Great job Joe.

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #391 on: March 26, 2016, 03:54:04 AM »
Joe I just keep coming back to look at this rat killer. The beautiful stock, the smooth lines you did one heck of good job.

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #392 on: March 26, 2016, 04:51:28 AM »
Very nice Joe!

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #393 on: March 26, 2016, 08:26:09 PM »
Since this thread is so popular can it be made a sticky......?


Agree. It just keeps growing.
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #394 on: March 26, 2016, 10:25:12 PM »
Joe, that really is a beauty.  You sound casual about it, but you really nailed the architecture and execution.  What a fine job.  Best wishes,   Marc

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #395 on: March 27, 2016, 10:23:30 PM »
Here is a little squirrel rifle that I built awhile back that is a good shooter.  It's a .25 caliber Rayle barrel, 3/4 x 42-inches.  the wood is a pretty plain piece of Maple. The lock is an L&R that I slightly modified, can't remember where the triggers came from.  I made the breech plug, guard, butt plate, thimbles, sights and side plate. I rust blued the parts. Makes a nice slim rifle that is easy to carry without wearing you out in the woods.  In the last picture, it is shown with one that I made for my Brother.  I made his first as practice and then made mine  ;D





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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #396 on: March 27, 2016, 10:58:47 PM »
A pair of fine rifles!
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #397 on: April 03, 2016, 01:22:03 AM »
My new squirrel gun is still in progress.  Rice 42" .32 and Chambers Late Ketland.  I forged the butt plate and trigger guard.  Nosecap  and toe plate will be poured pewter from an old British stein.  She's actually a little further on than this, but I don't have newer pictures:




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So, after a long delay I finally finished the squirrel gun and am posting a few pictures.  The rifle was made from a piece of wood from Freddie Harrison.   It's getting a patch box in the "Woodbury" style in the next few weeks.  Please don't pay any attention to the "engraving" as I know I'm no engraver.  My wife says the sloppiness makes it "more rustic."  I'll take that.





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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #398 on: April 03, 2016, 01:49:29 AM »
Looks good from here. I like it ;D
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #399 on: April 03, 2016, 05:00:47 AM »
Looks good to me, I'd leave the box off of it, looks right the way it is.
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