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    This is a Baker Rifle Kit by the Rfle Shop that I have just Built for a friend.Although a lot of work is involved the resulting Rifle is pleasing and looks authentic.

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    Very nice!
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    Great looking rifle!

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    I have a Baker rifle made with original BBC "Sharpes rifles" Indian-made guns and a Ed Rayl barrel. It may not be exactly politically correct but is quite a rifle. Mine has a one in 66" twist rifles barrel and shoots .600 round balls quite accurately with .018 pillow ticking patches. My only regrets is not having a windage adjustable rear sight or a dove-tailed front sight at the gun shoots about 4" left of center at 50 yards, Using "kentucky windage" I am able to keep all shots on a 8" pie plate at 100 yards from a rest. OK, the lock is a bit clunky but it sparks reliably and flints last 40-50 shots.

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    Very nice. Well done!

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    That is nice, very nice! I am mature so I will not envy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by curator View Post
    I have a Baker rifle made with original BBC "Sharpes rifles" Indian-made guns and a Ed Rayl barrel. It may not be exactly politically correct but is quite a rifle. Mine has a one in 66" twist rifles barrel and shoots .600 round balls quite accurately with .018 pillow ticking patches. My only regrets is not having a windage adjustable rear sight or a dove-tailed front sight at the gun shoots about 4" left of center at 50 yards, Using "kentucky windage" I am able to keep all shots on a 8" pie plate at 100 yards from a rest. OK, the lock is a bit clunky but it sparks reliably and flints last 40-50 shots.
    Yes at present the rifle has not been tried out yet.I have had it Proofed at the Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House.I took on the project since the owner sent for the Kit but decided he could not carry out the work involved.I have been doing a bit here and a bit there for a few months and gradually the Rifle started to look the part.He is a friend so there is no profit in it for me except for Proofing and postage costs.The barrel alone needed six dovetails cutting plus a Bayonet Bar fitting.The Lock had been finished at the makers so that was a saving of labour for me.All in all the Rifle looks authentic and I suspect an original had been examined to make the Drawings.

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    That looks like a fine piece of work. The Baker was about as good a compromise design as a pre-fulminate and pre-Miniť could get. The longer-barrelled and smaller-calibre Kentucky rifles held certain advantages, but probably fouled even faster.

    For curator's windage problem you could file just over a sixteenth of an inch from one side of the lug on the rear sight ladder which engages with the base, and solder a sixteenth thick shim on the other side, moving the sight over. Or to keep the sight looking right, do about a third each of that by the shim, widening the slot in the base, and filing the notch over to the left.

    Here is a target of Ezekiel Baker's, intended for publicity purposes and therefore unlikely to be pessimistic. It shows pretty convincingly how for individuals it would outclass the military smoothbore as militarily loaded, but that a rank of riflemen weren't intended to approach a line of ordinary infantry. If the 34 shots were fired without cleaning, it would explain the accuracy not equalling your eight inches. Those targets were for some unaccountable reason known as "the eunuchs", although there is no obvious resemblance to the intelligence Corps, who acquired the same nickname for not having any privates. I find it quite refreshing, though, that the targets depicted some kind of generic primitive, and neither an Imperial subject nor a uniformed employee of a competing firm.

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    at one time you could get a baker rifle along with the sharps rifles dvd set.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob208 View Post
    at one time you could get a baker rifle along with the sharps rifles dvd set.
    An expensive DVD set when was the offer?,I wish I had seen it

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    Well done.

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    Beautiful. A work of Art.

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