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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #550 on: December 27, 2017, 09:05:31 PM »
The front sight on Jim Kibler's mountain rifle is cast brass.  That stock is hard maple and has the tightest most consistent curl I've ever worked with.  Double click on some of those images for a close-up of the wood.
I gave this rifle to my daughter Sarah, for Christmas.  Once she took it out of the box, she hefted it to her shoulder and exclaimed, "It's so light!"  Sarah is 6' tall and well muscled, so this long rifle suits her perfectly.  I can't wait for some better weather to get her and her sister Theresa out with their new rifles.  Unfortunately, we cannot shoot squirrels here legally...they are fur bearing animals and have a market value for trappers.  I understand that the hairs from the tails of our red squirrels are used to make 'sable' brushes for art work.
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #551 on: December 27, 2017, 09:47:56 PM »
I thought those front sights on Kiblers rifles were brass but in the photo it looked more silver or white to me. Stunning contrast with the sight and browned barrel. I guess the whole rifle is stunning. Must be a happy daughter this christmas!

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #552 on: December 27, 2017, 11:28:01 PM »
This thread just gets better and better!  ;D
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #553 on: December 28, 2017, 12:40:25 AM »
Hanshi I keep saying along with everyone. It should be a sticky.....!!!!!

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #554 on: December 28, 2017, 01:02:40 AM »
Hanshi I keep saying along with everyone. It should be a sticky.....!!!!!
I agree 100%
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #555 on: December 28, 2017, 01:25:36 AM »
I just went back to my post on this thread and realized photobucket had zapped my pictures. I replaced the pictures with updates from Imgur.

There are so many pictures lost in this thread I encourage everyone to check their post and update the pictures if necessary.

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #556 on: December 28, 2017, 06:59:04 AM »
Here are a couple pics of mine, recently finished... .40 cal Colerain barrel, Zornes lock.













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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #557 on: December 28, 2017, 07:29:42 PM »
Nice work Curtis...and deadly too I see!
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #558 on: December 29, 2017, 12:55:13 AM »
Even "very nice" is a major understatement, Curtis.
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #559 on: December 29, 2017, 01:12:28 AM »
  Dang Curtis that's one very fine tree rat killer...! If I was a squirrel I'd give up just seeing that beauty in the woods...😁

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #560 on: December 29, 2017, 07:36:57 AM »
Thanks guys!  It was a fun project and the rifle is a joy to carry with the A-weight barrel.   I will try to get out in the next week and "scare some more squirrels to death" with it!  Here are a couple more pics.  The target has eight shots on it at 30 yards, five of them in the bullseye.  The low flier was a different patch, the high flier was the first shot on the target and I have no excuses for it.  ::)









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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #561 on: December 29, 2017, 09:33:13 PM »
Thanks Curtis - I really like the simple squiggly silver wire in the carving.
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #562 on: December 29, 2017, 11:49:22 PM »
Daryls, what calibre is Sarah's cool lil rifle?
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #563 on: December 30, 2017, 12:04:10 AM »
Your squirrel rifles all look really nice guys. It's great to be able to look at so many. But, for some reason some of the pictures are there one time I log on and are gone the next time I look, then might be back the next time. Crazy computer magic I guess.

Anyway, thought I'd try to post some pictures of a Southern Mountain style squirrel rifle I just finished.

.38 cal. Charles Burton barrel, 1-50" square bottom rifling, 40" long, 7/8" breech with just a slight swamp and back to just under 7/8" at the muzzle. Maple stock stained w/Aqua Fortis and then a quick wipe with Homer Dangler's reddish brown. Several coats of  Formby's Tung oil varnish. Chambers lock, Davis triggers. I made the butt plate, trigger guard, toe plate, grease hole cover  and the one piece cow horn nose cap. Metal was cold blued, left to rust a couple days, rubbed back w/oily steel wool.

I was only able to shoot it a few times since our temps dropped to below zero for several days in a row. It grouped nicely at 50 yards with 40gr 3fg, a .370" ball with a .015" spit patch. It was grouping quite low at 50yds so I filed the front sight down. Got it to hit about 2" low at 50yds. I don't want to take any more off the front sight so will put a taller rear on it.   



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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #564 on: December 30, 2017, 12:54:08 AM »
That's a squirrel rifle after my own heart, Ted.  What a nice rifle!
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #565 on: December 30, 2017, 03:14:00 AM »
.40 - same calibre as Therisa's new rifle, the one Taylor is holding in this picture.  Hope to get out on New Year's day, if not too cold.




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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #566 on: December 30, 2017, 09:26:13 PM »
This one's not fancy as I"m not an artist, just a simple hunting rifle. I built it to be a turkey rifle with squirrels second. Rice .40 cal. B weight 38" barrel, Chambers large Siler lock, and Davis set triggers. LMF Nut Brown stain, 8 coats of Chambers original oil finish, the last one rubbed back with scotch pad to cut the shine. I made a few parts and picked up the rest here and there.





This bull on the full size target is the size of a quarter. A quarter covers all 5 shots. This small bull at 30 yards is the limit my old eyes can shoot with any kind of accuracy.




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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #567 on: December 30, 2017, 11:53:38 PM »
That's an accurate little rifle you built, Darkhorse.  It also looks very attractive, too.
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #568 on: December 30, 2017, 11:56:20 PM »
They are all nice rifles. Ted I really like that little .38 cal. Nice. Tim

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #569 on: December 31, 2017, 01:33:43 AM »
Glad you like the .38 hanshi & Tim. If I hunt with it, it'll probably take more rabbits than squirrels.

Nice rifle there Darkhorse and it shoots well too. Good looking wood. I'll bet it handles nicely.

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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #570 on: December 31, 2017, 08:06:39 AM »
Thanks Ted. I keep going back to look at that horn nosecap. It really sets that rifle off and makes it special.
I find my .40 is very sensitive to increases in the main charge. You could probably get that .38 in the bull just by increasing the charge 5 or 10 grains if you don't want to do anything to the sights at this time.
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #571 on: January 01, 2018, 12:12:45 AM »
My experience as well, Darkhorse.  Just going from 35 grains of 3F to 40 grains of 3F gives me a velocity jump of over 200 fps.
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #572 on: January 04, 2018, 03:45:22 AM »
There seems to be an awful lot of these with the locks on the wrong side. Are leftys more prone to be squirrel hunters for some reason?
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #573 on: January 04, 2018, 08:44:40 AM »
Lets see if we can get to page 24 ;)









From top: .32 Indiana I'm finishing up (in my hotel 😂). Copy of locally made original.
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.30 Ash stocked rifle I've posted to ALR before. Sold it recently (regretfully), so....I get to build another.
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Re: Let's see your squirrel rifle!!!
« Reply #574 on: January 04, 2018, 11:43:10 PM »
I REALLY like your ash rifle.
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