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    My Second Rifle Build

    Hello all, well I finally decided on a barrel twist and length for my 45-70 build, I ended up going with a heavy 28" 1:18 / 8 groove Mcgowen with a straight taper. It is coming along and I think I am going to be happy with my choice of barrel. Still needs a lot more work on the stock and finish work on the metal.The target is in 1/2" squares. So what does everyone think so far.

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    Awesome rifle.
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    I'm impressed - looks good to me - I'd be proud
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    Excellent! How long in process?
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    Nice Work!

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    rifle looks great..

    not trying to be rude or mean but What kind of bullets are you using? At 50m the group should be tighter for a McGowen.
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    Thanks to all, I have somewhere around 160 hours in the rifle so far. There is still a ton of work to be done if you look closely the stock is still about 2.75" thick and still needs shaping. As for the target it was only to check the scope mounts and to check the adjustments of the scope, the 4 shots on the left were mine starting on the bottom with shot #1 and checking the scope adjustments for what they were doing to poi, the 2 rounds on the left were my son-in-laws, all just to be shooting the rifle and checking the action for functionality other than the proof loads. the whole rifle will have to be disassembled, finish work on the metal and stock done, bluing and stock finish applied. Once that is all done I will start work on load development. Right now I have 3 molds, 2-405 gr and 1-500 gr and have cast and powder coated 20 or so of each to start out with. I will post more pic. as I get more done Thanks again to all.

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    Wow says it all. I'm very impressed. Well done.

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    The finished rifle will be a centerfold!

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    This is very nice. I really like the .45-70...shot a lot of game with it.
    Your rifle is a nice piece of work. Beautiful.
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    Nice! Vault Lock No 2........Cool to see

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    Quote Originally Posted by 45stomp View Post
    Nice! Vault Lock No 2........Cool to see

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    Thank you, it is nice that someone knows what it is.

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    Ohhhhhhhh Myyyyyyyyyy.Now that`s sweet.Thanks for posting.
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    Picture pdate on the 45-70

    Hey all here is the latest pcture of my second rfle the rifle is complete all that is left to do is do all of the final finshing on the stock and metal, thanks to all who encoraged me in the process.Click image for larger version. 

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    I wll post some detailed pictures of all the finish work.

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    Very pretty

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    Nice work!

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    Good evening.
    That is a fantastic looking build!!
    I keep looking at the work turned in on this forum and I there are a lot of really talented people with an amazing skill set.
    Have an awesome week

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    Thank you very much, I am not a profesonal gun builder or machinist, so I only know how to do any of this by what I have seen, read in books and studied the procss of making them and this is only my second rifle build from scratch, I have built 3 pistols (2 muzzle loaders and a .357 mag single shot break open) I think I can do a lot better, and the finished product should show this on the finished firearm.

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    Nice job. Do you have a name for Her? Something that pretty needs a name my friend.

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    Not sure yet, But when all the stock finish, steel bluing, engraving and gold enlay that I have planed for it are done, I will then give it a proper name but for now it is just #2.

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