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Thread: American Long Rifles

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    Quote (I just don't have enough time, let alone patience to master that skill.) I,m with you, me ether. But I admire guys as Waksupi that do.
    I make a few knives from time to time & that's can be very time consuming if you are a stickler for quality. But a whole long rifle that takes
    more than I want to give.

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    Oh, I'd LOVE to build one. But what's that famous 'Dirty Harry' quote?

    "A man's GOT to know his limitations.'

    And I agree, I admire those who do build them.

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    Here's a re-do of an old rifle for a friend I finished this past week, using old techniques. I had to fabricate a few parts, and do a complete new stock. I scraped,
    rather than sanded the finish. I then used ferric nitrate for the stain. I followed that up by boning the stock, and then finishing it with a varnish rub like the old ones were. I had to re-patina a few places on the patchbox, and the new breech plug that was needed.

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    The solid soft lead bullet is undoubtably the best and most satisfactory expanding bullet that has ever been designed. It invariably mushrooms perfectly, and never breaks up. With the metal base that is essential for velocities of 2000 f.s. and upwards to protect the naked base, these metal-based soft lead bullets are splendid.
    John Taylor - "African Rifles and Cartridges"

    Forget everything you know about loading jacketed bullets. This is a whole new ball game!


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    Quote Originally Posted by waksupi View Post
    Here's a re-do of an old rifle for a friend I finished this past week, using old techniques. I had to fabricate a few parts, and do a complete new stock. I scraped,
    rather than sanded the finish. I then used ferric nitrate for the stain. I followed that up by boning the stock, and then finishing it with a varnish rub like the old ones were. I had to re-patina a few places on the patchbox, and the new breech plug that was needed.

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    Can't believe that's a new stock, the aging looks great! Very nice work Ric!

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    I am late to the party, but one of the Foxfire books had a section on rifle-making with some pictures. I do not know how it compares with the previously mentioned references, but more is better. Or so I have heard.
    Micah 6:8
    He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

    "I don't have hobbies - I'm developing a robust post-apocalyptic skill set"
    I may be discharged and retired but I'm sure I did not renounce the oath that I solemnly swore!

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    Hi Waksupi.Very nice sir.Thanks for posting.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
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    People never lie so much as after a hunt,during a war,or before an election.
    Otto von Bismarck

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Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check