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Other Models / Re: So Close, So Far.......
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:20:34 PM »
Such a situation would indeed be frustrating. I am lucky so far in that I do not have to deal with such differing rules with the States that boarder mine.

Bide your time shooter13, and hopefully before too long, you will acquire over ifan open top cartridge revolver. They are fine pieces to own and shoot.

Lead casting / Re: Lead pipe
« on: July 10, 2018, 11:09:53 AM »
Watch for any joints just in case any sections were soldered together. The solder is of a hard alloy. If you melt a joint with the pipe, you will harden the softer pipe.

Good find. I have scrounged my fair share of the same stuff several times.

1873 SAA Colts / Re: Colt .45 SAA on a Black Powder frame 1884
« on: July 09, 2018, 02:43:21 PM »
Damn nice shooter!!!!! I would be proud to have one like it.

Conversions / Fresh Pics Of My 1860 Richards/Mason
« on: July 09, 2018, 02:36:06 PM »
I am posting these for the enjoyment of our fine forum members. I took these pics at the headwaters of the Clearwater Mountains during a pack trip this past weekend. This just might be the very first conversion to be packed into this area in the last 140 years. As I have stated in another post, this revolver has went with me on every ride that I have made since getting my mule. It has covered a lot of miles since then.

DSCN2147 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2175 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2167 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2166 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / Re: A Look at the Back Country
« on: June 27, 2018, 08:35:45 PM »
Thank you men! I sure do appreciate your kind comments.
Say gdog, the saddle is used but in grand shape. I found it on Craig's list in Washington. Gunner is doing ok, but I still have to put some weight on him before fall hits. I have found that he has no quit in him.

Photo Gallery / A Look at the Back Country
« on: June 25, 2018, 10:01:12 PM »
As of now, I have put a bunch of miles on and rode through a lot of different country. I would never get around to posting all of the cool pics that I have taken over the last month, but I did take some time and downloaded a few pics of some country that I spent 3 days in this past week. I am particularly fond of this piece of my world and felt like sharing some images.

On day two, I happened to meet face to face with a black bear and was figuring to be dumped out of the saddle when my mule spooked, but he held fast and things worked out. So far, I am the lucky one in that I have not had a personal rodeo with my mount. Not so for my two partners though. Up to this point, I have not suffered a bruise or a scratch.

I am proud to state that I have packed my Richards/Mason 1860 on every single outing since I first crawled in the saddle of this mule. The revolver has just as many miles on it as I do.

DSCN2107 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2117 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2120 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2124 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2108 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN2126 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Nature at work (graphic)
« on: June 20, 2018, 08:56:08 PM »
Good pics miner. I like seeing those turkey vultures. I see an average of two dead deer a week that are hit by vehicles. The state transportation dept. picks them up and dumps them in a wide spot at the bottom of the grade that I live on. It it a regular buffet for the birds.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What did you do today?
« on: June 10, 2018, 10:24:46 PM »
Rode my John mule into some lush and green country. It was a cool 44 degrees but sunny. Saw three elk and two white tail. Boondogged through the timber, jumped a few creeks, and crawled over a bunch of wind falls. Dang, I sure do like setting on top of the saddle while mounted on this big ol lanky mule.

DSCN2075 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Re: Virginia Early Pattern Flintlock
« on: June 08, 2018, 03:25:55 PM »
Hmmm, I always took you for a Pyrodex and inline type of dude rd.

Also, there is nothing special about Amber flints and every flint shooter in the country already knows about them.

Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Re: Virginia Early Pattern Flintlock
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:21:01 PM »
Hi scooby, that's one beautiful rifle!!

The stock is something to drool over.


Thank you kindly Richard.

Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Re: Virginia Early Pattern Flintlock
« on: June 08, 2018, 01:20:10 PM »
Scooby, that is a real beauty! I have an affinity for rifles like that as my ancestors lived on the frontier of Virginia in the 1760s after being driven out of the Forks of the Yadkin in North Carolina by the Cherokee.

I had a rifle with a barrel that length. Is it swamped?

It is indeed swamped.

Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Virginia Early Pattern Flintlock
« on: June 08, 2018, 11:32:03 AM »
Mulled it over for a couple of years before deciding to have this piece put together by my Montana buddy. We got the project up and running in June of last year. After a long wait for the barrel and stock blank, he got started on it in December. I recently picked up the finished rifle on Memorial weekend.

We had originally decided to copy many of the elements on the original Johanes Faber rifle. However, I wanted a longer barrel and a different style of trigger guard, as well as double set triggers. Our intentions were for me to end up with a Southern rifle that would fit into the 1750/1760 era.

A few particulars of the rifle are; .62 calibre, 48 inch long Rice barrel, Curly Maple stock, Jim Chambers English pattern lock, and a hand pounded butt plate made exclusively for this piece by my other Montana buddy. Subtle engraving is present on the lock plate, barrel tang, side plate, trigger guard, and butt plate. As well, there is some relief carving on the butt stock and wrist. Both the barrel and the lock were left in the white.

I have had it out shooting 3 different times now, and it has proven to be accurate. Rice makes a dang good barrel. The Chambers lock is fast as well. This rifle has a lot of special meaning to me considering who built it.

DSCN4871 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4873 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4870 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4869 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4874 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / Re: A Bunch of Mule Pics
« on: May 16, 2018, 11:00:08 AM »
Wow, absolutely gorgeous Scoob. Is this in Idaho? Also, whoever did that bridgework, kudos.

Yep, in Idaho. The bridge is a standard USFS pack bridge and was likely constructed by a contractor for the Forest Service.  There are a lot of bridges such as this one in these parts.

Photo Gallery / A Bunch of Mule Pics
« on: May 15, 2018, 11:37:11 PM »
These were taken over the past few months in various parts of my home country.

DSCN4839 (2) by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4842 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4846 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4862 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1894 - Copy by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1909 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1901 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1941 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1950 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1977 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1960 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN1986 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Fully agree Hawg. The grease/black powder plague is nothing but a mere myth. Folks have been using some form of grease with black powder since Christ was wearing diapers.

I have shot many a blackpowder rounds with vaseline as a main lube. Well shit my pants and slap the dog, it is a petroleum product.

I use bear and mink grease all of the time in my flintlocks. All of my Colt revolvers get a good dose of Rig grease on every working part. Grease, no matter what form it is, works just fine with black powder.

Some time back, some one convinced a whole lot of people that grease and black powder are a bad combo. Tons of shooters jumped on the band wagon. Empiricism be damded.

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