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Gun Builds and Projects / Re: 51 Navy Avenging Angel project
« on: February 11, 2019, 01:15:11 PM »
Nice work in that gun! I don't know if you have seen this post on one I built a few years ago. Great fun to shoot!,246.msg882.html#msg882

Gun Builds and Projects / Re: Parts Swap Special
« on: February 11, 2019, 01:09:04 PM »
If you don't like the shiny brass, there is a product called Brass Black. don't need it if you have cold blue around. IMHO, the Brass Black is just re-named cold blue.

Scatterguns / Re: Hopkins & Allen Single Shot
« on: February 09, 2019, 11:59:06 AM »
Steve, you done good! I need to get back to some of mine.

Photo Gallery / Re: The neighborhood this morning.
« on: February 07, 2019, 06:19:33 PM »
Thanks for sharing!

One local (actual) gunsmith has a turnaround of over a year. To be honest, I don't have any idea of the number of guns or complexity of the work needed. There are a couple of other local "gunsmiths" that I would classify as parts changers, and even they have long waits. I wouldn't even take a gun of mine to them.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: Hornswoggled?
« on: February 07, 2019, 06:04:16 PM »
Yes, I did switch to Flickr too. Seems like a lot of my PB pictures are now still viewable. Lately, since my pictures are on my computer, I just post from the computer.

General Discussion / Re: Flying Under the Radar
« on: February 07, 2019, 05:53:05 PM »
Hi mazo, I just finished casting 0.595" balls for my LeMat shotgun barrel. I flux my lead often with beeswax, but light the wax smoke to minimize smoking up the basement. I just let my wife know that I am casting so she doesn't need to be concerned smelling candle wax smoke. The only gun stuff she has a problem with is when I use Hoppe's #9. She also doesn't like the smell of Ballistol, says it smells like cat piss. Sometimes I just sneak into the basement, open a bottle of Hoppe's, just to get a whiff of shooting memories from years ago.Regards, Richard
Yep, i flux with beeswax a lot too, also light the smoke by just tossing a paper match in the melt and it ignites quickly. After rendezvousing for 45+ years I have an abundance of candle stubs, mostly beeswax, although plain wax works well too. I had planned to do some casting today, but just didn't work out.

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What did you do today?
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:59:06 AM »
I'm in the process of forming 20 more '43 Mauser brass from 45-90. Have them necked and trimmed to length. Next is turning the rim to size and forming the "A" base, then annealing them so they can be fire-formed in the chamber. May cast some bullets if I feel up to standing some more.

General Discussion / Re: Flying Under the Radar
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:45:29 AM »
I, too, have a toaster oven and hot plate in my shop....but it is in the basement. Garage and out buildings are unheate, so not really usable in winter. I have an exhaust fan (old range hood) so the only odor detected upstairs is when I flux lead and only lasts a short time. Probably gonna do some casting myself today.

Walkers & Dragoons / Re: Aging a Dragoon
« on: January 24, 2019, 09:10:35 AM »
I think you did just what you started to do, and quite well too. I, however, DID age a new Baby Dragoon several years first and last aging of a new gun. You are probably right about the Elk antler being too small for grips, you will just have to measure to be sure. Many years ago a friend was butchering a buffalo (he raised some on his farm) and I got some leg and shoulder bones (gave some to another friend who wanted to make grips also). I just never started to make them, mainly because I didn't want to smell up the house sawing and sanding bone! If I can find a way to do that process, I will attempt to make a set(s)

Welcome Wagon / Re: New member
« on: January 22, 2019, 11:13:48 AM »
Welcome from Wisconsin where we DO have open carry. Just not advisable to do so in the larger metropolitan areas unless you enjoy the hassle.

Welcome Wagon / Re: Making smoke in SoCal
« on: January 22, 2019, 11:08:41 AM »
Sorry I missed this when it was fresh. With some new "blood" hopefully there will be more activity. Welcome from Wisconsin!

Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Re: Virginia Early Pattern Flintlock
« on: December 04, 2018, 12:41:01 PM »
Great looking rifle! I have a Beck-style flinter with a swamped Rice barrel....great shooters!

Off-Topic Discussion / Re: What did you do today?
« on: December 04, 2018, 12:35:36 PM »
Hawg, nice looking addition.

Smokeless Repeaters / Re: A case for the lever action
« on: November 04, 2018, 11:02:48 AM »
I turned down a '94 Win. 30-30 so my friend could have it. There is always a twinge of remorse when selling guns, but I sold my Marlin '99, Golden 22, and a short barreled, button Mag '93. Among my new-ish lever guns are 3 '92 Rossi (44-40, 45 Colt, 38-357) guns and an Uberti '73, also in 45 Colt. shooting for a few days as we have a low pressure front setting in with rain again.

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