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Smokeless Single Shots / A Rare Find
« on: June 28, 2020, 03:49:23 PM »
Just took possession of this two days ago. I concur with the man who last owned it that it has not been fired. It has been in his possession for the past twenty years and he got it off the internet as well. I did tear it completely down and could find no evidence that is has been shot. In fact, I believe that it has never been torn down. I even found metal shavings inside of the receiver from the original machining operation. The bore is absolutely perfect and you can still see tooling marks on the lands and in the grooves. It also has acquired a few minor handling marks over the last hundred and almost twenty years, but that is to be expexted. Some of the old oil that was present had long since varnished and the rest was not far from there. 

The modle 16 was built from 1900 to 1913. This one is an early pre-patent second variation. I have no idea when the patent was approved for this modle, but I would suspect this one was made shortly after 1900.

The 16 is my favorite modle. I like the little side lever and the rolling block action. I sure wish I new who originally saw to it that this thing remained in pristine condition. I have never seen a boys rifle of any make in this shape before.

DSCN5093 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5098 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5097 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5096 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5092 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5084 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5091 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Smokeless Single Shots / A Tiny Stevens
« on: June 23, 2020, 03:08:59 PM »
Just picked this one up. I have been wanting to add this modle to my collection. They are even smaller than a "14 1/2 Little Scout."

I got it all cleaned up last night and then took some pics today of it back together. After that, she got to ring some metal.

Seems that I don't see too many for sale anymore.

One of the simplest designs by Stevens. A blind man could take one apart and reassemble it.
DSCN5070 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

The forearm is no longer than my index finger.
DSCN5071 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Exact manufacture dates are impossible for many modles. The only determination that can be made by the name on this is one is that it is pre 1917.
DSCN5075 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

The name is the neatest feature of the rifle.
DSCN5074 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Take note of the flat side stock configuration.
DSCN5076 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Classic tip up design used on a few "Boys Modle" rifles
DSCN5080 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

It weighs in at a whopping 2 and 3/4 pounds with an 18 inch barrel and 13 inch pull.
DSCN5078 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Leather / New Shot Pouch
« on: June 23, 2020, 01:22:02 PM »
Made this one to accompany the map horn that the old man gave back to me. The pouch is Bison and the strap is common bovine.

DSCN5054 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5056 (2) by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Photo Gallery / Antique Decker Pack Saddle Tree
« on: June 23, 2020, 11:18:02 AM »
My packing buddy and I both ended up with one of these. They have been hanging in a barn for years. Made by Oliver Robinette who lived in Kooskia, a small town located just up the river from me. After making improvements to the original pattern, he started making packsaddles for the Decker Bros. and local packers and outfitters around 1907. He then went on to make them for the Forest Service. He passed from this world in 1945.

What a cool find. The bars are made from Cottonwood and the bows are hand forged and riveted to the bars. Later ones were fastened together with carriage bolts and square nuts. I only know of two complete OPR,s in these parts that have all of the original rigging attached along with the original half breed.

This tree now resided in my living room.

DSCN5058 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5059 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5061 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Powder Horns & Flasks / A Map Horn
« on: May 30, 2020, 10:26:45 PM »
I no longer recall all of the horns I have made, nor the order, or even where they now reside. As well, I have not noticed nor even taken a look at this piece for the past 5 years. But this one is clearly marked "II" by my hand. However, I only marked horns that I scrimmed. So with that being said, it could actually be number 10 if lumped in with the plain horns.

I made this one for my old buddy many years ago. He is old enough now that he has given up the muzzle loader scene and asked me to put the horn back in service. He used the heck out of it while attending Rendezvous, hunting, and woods running. At this point, I have decided it will replace the horn that I currently use for my French fusil de chasse.

I got the idea for the scratch work will looking over images of original maps that were made during the Colonial Era. This horn has a nice triple curve to it and lays nicely against one's short ribs when slung over the the left shoulder and hung under the right armpit.

I took some pics of it yesterday to share with you guys.

DSCN5036 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5040 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5041 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5038 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Bucks County Rifle
« on: May 30, 2020, 09:17:58 PM »
I just came back into possession of this rifle. I had purchased it from Track Of the Wolf 13 years ago and then, after using it for a few years, traded it to a guy for the Schimmel rifle. (The same rifle that the rat chewed on during my last woods run).  Anyway, the guy that I traded with no longer wanted it, so I brought her back home.

This piece is an example of the style that was developed from the school of gunsmiths residing in Bucks County, Pennsylvania during the last two decades of the 18th century. The architecture of the butt stock on a Bucks is very distinct and easily recognized, just as they are on those from the regions of Bedford and Lehigh Counties.

This is an extremely well built rifle with perfect inletting and wood to metal fit. The incise carving is also very clean and crisp. It is stocked in a higher end piece of Curly Maple with the addition of a sliding wood patch box. It has a 42 inch Green mountain barrel in .54 calibre, a single stage trigger, and gets it's source of ignition from an L & R lock. The embellishments on the wood are very subtle compared to a relief carved stock, but this piece has a very pleasing and graceful look and feel to it.

I suppose I will bring it along on occasion to one of the many muzzle loader shoots I attend and might get around to taking it out on a deer hunt. Regardless, she can reside right here with the rest of my flintlock long rifles.

DSCN5042 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5046 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5044 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5045 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5050 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN5047 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Flintlock Muskets and Rifles / Some Lock Maintenance
« on: May 14, 2020, 10:48:34 PM »
I have always been impressed by the ingenuity of the flintlock design. What an outstanding piece of firearms technology. it reined for over 200 years as the common source of ignition for both long guns and pistols. The design only plays second fiddle to the wheel lock as far as complexity is considered. Many thousands were imported from England and Germany into the American Colonies prior to the Revolutionary War. The flintlock ignition system remained in place long after the percussion lock was invented.

In the following picture is a torn down reproduction lock put out by Chambers. It is an example that would have been present around 1760. This lock fits a custom made copy of a rifle that was originally built by Jacob Dickert, a prominent gunsmith out of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Anyway, this lock was in need of some cleaning, so I tore it down in order to do so. I then had the foresight to snap a pic to show it to forum members that might be interested in seeing a view of the internals. Chambers makes an outstanding lock that has all of the correct geometry to make them very reliable. They also make nearly every version to match any given school of rifle gunne. When it comes to flintlock guns, they are only as good as the lock that makes them go off. 

DSCN5026 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Hunting / A Turkey
« on: April 16, 2020, 12:13:02 PM »
Christened the old Hopkins & Allen this morning. Used my typical black powder brass hull load. This one is the sweetest and lightest little 12 gauge. Pure fun.

DSCN4990 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4991 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Off-Topic Discussion / Why Toilet Paper?
« on: March 13, 2020, 08:45:30 PM »
Why not canned beans? Perhaps Cup Of Noodles? Or beer? Definately should buy beer. Corona beer. It is now as cheap as Keystone. And Irish Whiskey!!!! Maybe some soap and some underwear in case you shit your self and forgot where you stashed all of that moon floss! Oh ya, how about 25 rolls of Copenhagen.

Many sheeple across America will be able to wipe their tail pipe at no further cost to their wallet for the next five years.

They got the big packages stuffed in every space available. Under the beds, on top of the fridge, in the trunk of their cars.

It will be for sale in Ebay in a month real cheap. The pandemonium will keep our Idaho loggers in business for a bit.

I truley do worry about the future of the American citizen. They are so distilled to the point of being as usefull as a mouse.

Fricken toilet paper. They went on a buying binge after toilet paper?????????

BPCR Reloading / Win. 1891 Reloading Tool
« on: March 07, 2020, 07:23:44 PM »
Just got this one delivered. It is the first one that I have acquired of this model. It is now fully cleaned and oiled. It is in extremely good shape and has the the original L-shaped de-capper/primer seat plug. This is a relatively rare Winchester tool and the fact that the plug was still present make is even more rare. They are not so easy to find. This particular version had a very short life span and was replaced in 1894 by a highly improved version.

It caught my attention because of the calibre.....40-82. I did not have a reloading tool for this calibre, only a mould. Now I can load for my original 1886 with nothing but original tools. Regardless of the calibre, this tool was worth grabbing just for the collector value.

I got a kick out of the fact that Winchester went to the trouble of stamping "KEEP THE DIE CLEAN" on this version considering that it was required on all of their versions.

By 1914, production of all Winchester reloading tools came to an end. I have enjoyed finding and using a multitude of these old tools.

DSCN4973 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4974 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4975 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4977 (2) by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4978 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Winchester / Does A Bear Sh!t In the Woods?
« on: February 21, 2020, 08:38:16 PM »
Now men, I have seen many a wonders in my travels through the mountains over the years. But I had never seen the likes of a bear that had the ability to lay out such a finely displayed growler as what I witnessed on this outing. Now mind you, I have never taken a pic of a bear pile until this day, but I think without the photo, most people would not believe that such detail could come from the tail pipe of a bear. I could not resist laying down my old 1894 30 WFC beside this work of art and snapping a pic. All the while, I was wondering what the hell this ol bear was thinking and doing? He seems to have a knack for stacking cord wood.  (7+"

I took this pic in the Selway Bitterroot Wilderness two years ago.   
DSCN4309 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Walkers & Dragoons / Whitneyville Pic
« on: February 21, 2020, 08:06:50 PM »
This is one mighty fine replica of the original piece. It is also the coolest of the Dragoon versions.

DSCN0877 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

J.H. Dance / Shot the Dance Today
« on: February 08, 2020, 05:01:11 PM »
Stepped away from the typical Colt pattern for this day's shooting. It is good to head out the door with a variable every once in a while. It was a mild winter day at 37 degrees. The humidity allowed for the powder smoke to hang in the air for an extended time.

DSCN4963 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4968 - Copy by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4967 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Patersons / Thee Ol Paterson
« on: February 07, 2020, 07:29:32 PM »
Time for a new post in this category.

DSCN3129 copy by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

Lead casting / Early Winchester Mould
« on: February 07, 2020, 06:01:20 PM »
A recent acquisition. This is a 4TH version. There is no definitive documentation on when this version went into production, but it was replaced around 1889. These were made without an alignment pin and lacked wood handles. This particular one is also an early production piece, given that it lacks the Winchester name and address on the side of the block. Later production 4th versions had the stamping.

Based on the single photo that was included on the auction site, it appeared to be in sort of rough shape. I grabbed it up anyway because one does not see very many of these earlier versions. It turned out better than expected and as luck would have it, the cavity is much better than the exterior and the alignment of the block halves are spot on. After a couple of evenings of rehab and a new blue job, it turned out to be a fine looking piece and a fully serviceable mould.

i will only run one batch of bullets out of it and then will likely set it on the shelf with the other collectible Winchester moulds, given that I have a pristine 5th version that I use for my 38 WCF 1892 Rifle. However, it is was another good rescue of a cool antique.

DSCN4957 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4959 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4960 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr

DSCN4962 by Steve OBrien, on Flickr


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