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    Tacking a stock

    many many hours of drill, lubing and carefully punching in the nails, but I think it came out real nice looking, but most importantly, it actually functions to offer a better grip on the rifle. I still have plenty more work ahead on the palm swell for my shooting hand, but my finger tips are tender and its time to call it a day. I tried to find the smallest nails i could find and these were it. They are for powder horns. I do not like the big tacks as they are just huge and look out of place, plus I wanted a good feeling pad when I grip onto the stock. We'll see how she comes out in the end. Just taking my time and thinking things through and carefully drilling the holes to prevent cracks.
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    I like it, that's really very fine work. Your spacing is very even, did you make a pattern or just freehand and eyeball everything?

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    Just free hand with a tape line. I get off a little here and there but guess what? dont hurt a darn thing as its for function, but museum quality lol. Nothing fancy, just something for my hands to grip on for a better hold, especially when its cold and wet. The palm swell area really has me thinking over time and im not sure what I will do on that section.

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    Where do you get your tacks?

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    Looks great. Nice work.
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    Looks great!

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    crazycrow.com they are for attaching the base to a powder horn. 18 gauge i think?

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    18 guage are hardware store brads, brass coated steel.
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    these are not steel, i cut most of them to 1/4" or less.

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    That looks great. Very unique.


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    Quote Originally Posted by FrontierMuzzleloading View Post
    these are not steel, i cut most of them to 1/4" or less.
    Thanks, good to know where I can get brass ones.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrontierMuzzleloading View Post
    crazycrow.com they are for attaching the base to a powder horn. 18 gauge i think?
    If you got them from Crazy Crow, they ARE steel, that have been brass plated. About the only source for real domed brass tacks, is to find an old steamer trunk, and pull the tacks. Things I learned from 30+ years of museum restoration.
    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.
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    well if they are steel, they sure found a way to brass coat them completely through because when I cut them shorter, they are brass clear through.

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    now boys, I just ruined one of these little nails just now, by cutting the head in half as well as the shaft. They are brass completely through.

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    Frontier is spot on! http://www.crazycrow.com/silver-and-..._By=disp_order

    Thanks for posting pic, I like it. Fly

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    I think I just found a use for that baby food jar of copper nails I found in my grandfathers stuff! I never could figure a use for them and wonder what they were good for, now I know. BTW your work looks great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by merlin101 View Post
    I think I just found a use for that baby food jar of copper nails I found in my grandfathers stuff! I never could figure a use for them and wonder what they were good for, now I know. BTW your work looks great!
    Was your grandfather an electrician by any chance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FrontierMuzzleloading View Post
    now boys, I just ruined one of these little nails just now, by cutting the head in half as well as the shaft. They are brass completely through.
    I'm talking about the hollow domed tacks. What you used are classed as nails.
    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.
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    That turned out very nice.

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