Author Topic: Merwin Hulbert  (Read 1243 times)

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« on: February 11, 2016, 12:36:42 PM »
 Can't find my original post & thread so I'll add this one. Here's the last piece of the puzzle. I carved a new loading gate out of wax and here's the pic's, final step is to sand cast it add a thumb button and fit it to the gun then go to the non-range (God I love Idaho), and test fire the pretty little beast. I bought some 44-40 reloads but I'm going to disassemble them and add my own powder measurement just to be safe.

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Re: Merwin Hulbert
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2016, 12:46:50 PM »
Cool!

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Re: Merwin Hulbert
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2016, 01:20:05 PM »
What is more satisfying than taking an old abused firearm and making it functional again? Nice work!

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Re: Merwin Hulbert
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2016, 04:19:11 PM »
Well....2nd times a charm, the 1st one I made was too small to clean up properly and finish to the right size, so I modified the wax and cast it again. Notice it's slightly bigger than the receiver it mates to.

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Re: Merwin Hulbert
« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2016, 06:40:47 AM »
Now that is a self sufficient fix there. I know little about the Merwin Hulbert. It is time for me to read up on it.

Your resurrection job and the revolver are right up my alley. I would have quite the fun shooting it.

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Re: Merwin Hulbert
« Reply #5 on: February 18, 2016, 07:09:37 AM »
How about a little detail (pix would be nice!) on the home casting job?
"You gonna pull those pistols, or whistle Dixie?"

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Re: Merwin Hulbert
« Reply #6 on: February 18, 2016, 08:09:10 AM »
Here ya go Capt'n...this is where I leaned about it. Carving the wax was easy, because model making is all I did for the last dozen or so years of my jewelry career.
 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0sCDTRwMwg
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Re: Merwin Hulbert
« Reply #7 on: February 18, 2016, 10:23:32 AM »
Ahhh....so THAT'S how you do it! Always wondered.
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« Reply #8 on: February 18, 2016, 10:45:53 AM »
Capt'n, This method of casting is called "sand casting", and has severe limitations. You cannot do undercuts, imagine a signet ring with a flat top and hollowed out underneath, there's no way to cast the hollow, for that you move over to "lost wax" casting, which is making a wax, encasing it in plaster, with and entry & exit hole connecting to the wax, burning out the wax and then filling the hollow where the wax used to be by shooting the molten metal into the opening, either centrifugally or by vacuum induction . The beauty of sand casting, is that you don't lose your original model so you don't have to start over from square one if the casting comes out bad.

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Re: Merwin Hulbert
« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2016, 11:42:25 AM »
Loading gate is done 'cept for cleanup before plating. Now, here's something new, I made my own electroplater using instructions I found here http://www.instructables.com/id/High-Quality-and-safe-Nickel-Plating/

And a pic of my test penny which looks better in person than in the pic!

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Re: Merwin Hulbert
« Reply #10 on: February 22, 2016, 10:20:01 PM »
All done, gonna have arrange report tomorrow, maybe.

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Re: Merwin Hulbert
« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2016, 04:56:58 AM »
Nice job.   I've contemplated getting one of the 44-40 's but the price of them has so far prevented it.
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