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Old 01-12-2020, 02:32 PM   #1
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So Iíve been asking Santa for one of these since I was 10. 36 years later and four of my own kids; Santa produced the goods.
Father son build...gets the old guy every time.



So I unboxed and skimmed the directions, familiarized with the vocabulary and started rough fitting pieces together.



My gunsmith buddy was impressed.

Sanding commenced and the kids loved getting dusty with dad.

Not going to post sanding pics because, well, I didnít take any.
So fast forward to adding the barrel tennons, drilling through the forend, installing sights, yeah no pics of that either.

Now we get to browning the barrel.
I ordered my solution from Track of the Wolf
Read the instructions, lightly sanded with 2000 grit and washed and degreased and applied the first coat.



Within minutes, the first coat of rust was beginning to form.



A few hours later and it is covering most of the barrel.



This morning, it was 100% scaled over.

I took the barrel and scrubbed it down with boiling water and a scotchbrite pad. And let it dry, then applied another coat of barrel brown. This will continue on through Tuesday.



After that, itíll get scrubbed with baking soda water, cleaned and then waxed several times.

Iíll get the stock going this weekend.
Iím using aqua fortis, and am excited to see those results.
More pics to come.

Also working on putting a deep patina on all of the brass and inlay some deer antler
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Old 01-12-2020, 03:53 PM   #2
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I used that same stuff. I had my barrel ( all metal parts) sand blasted and then browned them. I did not use glove, and I heated the metal with a torch before applying. And man I got the worst has of hives I have ever seen. I guess you can get them internal also. But it’s to late to warn you, I see. Hope you are good !
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Old 01-12-2020, 09:21 PM   #3
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I wear my big thick silicone bbq gloves when I mess with the barrel.

Just washed and scrubbed it down with boiling water.

Will get a daytime pic after school tomorrow.



Wax arrived for the barrel to preserve it.
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Old 01-13-2020, 12:43 PM   #4
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Good luck! I did the same thing 40 years ago but mine was a CVA.
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Old 01-13-2020, 12:47 PM   #5
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Nice... i've always bought completed rifles, but wanted to do a kit especially a flinter. Now I have the bug again.
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Old 01-13-2020, 12:56 PM   #6
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I’m looking forward to seeing your antler in lay design. I have heard that the instructions can be vague at times. Have you found that to be accurate? I need a kit that is knucklehead proof!
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Old 01-13-2020, 05:32 PM   #7
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In for the final product.
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Old 01-13-2020, 05:39 PM   #8
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I wear my big thick silicone bbq gloves when I mess with the barrel.

Just washed and scrubbed it down with boiling water.

Will get a daytime pic after school tomorrow.



Wax arrived for the barrel to preserve it.
That's enough wax to last you a life time. That stuff goes a long ways.
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:30 PM   #9
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Had a solid coat of rust today after school.
I washed it in hot water with baking soda to neutralize anything on the barrel.
Washed again with soap and hot water.
Dried and then wiped down with barrel degreaser/cleaner and rinsed with clean water.



So thatís what we looked like. Brownish blackish and looking old. Check.

Cracked open the wax...yeah...this will last a lifetime and maybe another half
Good excuse to build a few more!!!



Wax on......wax off. You can see the difference!



2 coats of many. I love how dark it got! Nowhere near perfect finish, but by golly, its black, has a cool patina, and looks old.

So the stock got boogered up and sanding didnít get to where the root of the problem was, SOooo



Cut out part of a main beam shed with the olí roto-tool-of-awesome and then started sanding to fit.
It needs to be a few 8ths narrower but it ought to lay in that spot nicely. *knock on wood* but my hopes are to have it been in smoothly. We will see how that goes
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:32 PM   #10
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Gotta cut out some other pieces for the forend.
Since I got a nice flat piece for the butt, Iím thinking about doing something like that with the forend as well.
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:52 PM   #11
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Put on another coat and had to put some stuff together.

Looks like an old rusty 200 yr old barrel.
Thereís definitely things Iíll do differently....work down the flats more to expose the bare metal. Itís streaky bc I didnít do it enough.
Learning experience!! Heck yes.
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:05 PM   #12
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Shoot it!
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:55 PM   #13
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Shoot it!


No sir. Not quite ready yet.
Need to get the barrel pinned in and I gotta finish the stock first, then pin it.

But Iím dyin to go shoot some water jugs with it!
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Old 01-13-2020, 10:05 PM   #14
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Following this one. Looks like a very nice build.


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Old 01-16-2020, 02:13 PM   #15
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cool build
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:41 PM   #16
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Pretty cool project. I am ready see ya shoot it......
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:22 PM   #17
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Interesting development...
Iíve been applying wax to the barrel daily and with the humidity lately, I noticed a fresh layer of scale starting to develop. The barrel was crusty.

Evidently I didnít neutralize the acid enough to stop the process.

So tomorrow after work, Iím grabbing some 0000 steel wool and some baking soda and itís getting a really good scrub in baking soda water

Seriously fascinating.

Kinda bummed but kinda excited to see what its going to look like this time.

Pics tomorrow
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Old 01-16-2020, 11:49 PM   #18
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I remember having issues with the browning process also. I know I ended up doing it two or three times. And still had to keep it heavily oiled so as not to “ scale” or look bloochy.
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Old 01-17-2020, 07:12 PM   #19
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Cool project can't wait to see the end result.
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Old 01-17-2020, 07:20 PM   #20
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Old 01-18-2020, 02:26 PM   #21
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Washed in backing soda and water

Wet sanding with 2000 grit till I feel a slick surface
Removing rust scale.

Barrel is dark underneath
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Old 01-18-2020, 02:41 PM   #22
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Think we are getting close to the win category.

Gonna see if the rust tries to come back.
Most of the scale is gone. Barrel is starting to get that mirror feel.
Will do one more light baking soda water sanding and then let it dry good.

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Old 01-18-2020, 03:05 PM   #23
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Iím happy.
This looks much better!
Second wet sanding with 2000 and alkaline water.
Then good soap and water scrub.

Going to let to dry a few hours and see.
If I donít see any rust by this evening, Iíll rewax. And I think this is good to go finally.


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Old 01-18-2020, 03:21 PM   #24
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Old 01-18-2020, 04:24 PM   #25
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Here we go.
Inletting time.
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Old 01-18-2020, 05:28 PM   #26
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Fit it as tight as I could
It snapped in to place.

Just epoxied it in place.
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Old 01-18-2020, 05:44 PM   #27
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Got some antler cut for pin inlays.

I boogered a couple holes so this is my fix for that.
Should look cool and also strengthen the hole some.

Iím thinking about rounding everything like the piece on the stock. Thin em out nicely and get em nice and flat.
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Old 01-18-2020, 08:02 PM   #28
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Did 3 coats of aquafortis
Coated, and heated over the stove to turn brown
Sanded with 2000 grit
Repeat



Antler inlay looks cool.



One coat of oil on.

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Old 01-18-2020, 08:13 PM   #29
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Very nice
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Old 01-19-2020, 06:06 PM   #30
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Decided to put the inlay stuff on hold till I figure out what I want to do.

The spots that I messed up when I drilled the pin holes, I plugged with a wood skewer that I tapered down to fit.
I then cut and sanded flush.

Aquafortis time!



Still have stuff I want to do, like antler inlays but with this aquafortis, if I need to sand, etc. itís kinda hard to mess the finish up. Just sand and re-oil...

Hereís what she looks like so far.
Lots of hand oiling to go!

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Old 01-19-2020, 11:42 PM   #31
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That looks sweet!


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Old 01-20-2020, 12:04 PM   #32
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Came out really nice. It's a good look.
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Old 01-20-2020, 02:25 PM   #33
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Gracias!
Every cost of oil is starting to bring out more and more figuring.
Cool thing about auqafortis is itíll gradually get darker over time.



Had to file down the screws do the rod would fit down in those brass rod guides.

Last thing to do is pin the barrel and itíll be ready to test fire!
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Old 01-21-2020, 09:24 AM   #34
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What does the wax do for the barrel? I did 2 TC Hawkens back in the early 80's and did not wax them. They still look good today. I did use Birchwood Casey's Plum brown that required heating the barrel and wiping on while hot.
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Old 01-21-2020, 10:23 PM   #35
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The wax is a preservative
Same as oil
Just an old school way of doing it.
Tried to finish it in that manner
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Old 01-22-2020, 09:17 AM   #36
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Nice job!
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Old 01-22-2020, 09:22 AM   #37
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Very nice.
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