Any reason not to use a grade 8 bolt? I am planning a smoothbore match lock and am using some carbon steel hollow bar for a barrel. 30mm od, 15mm id approx .590, will turn the the od down a bit to reduce weight.
As Hawkeye2 said the later date refers to its percussion conversion . I have one similar ( also a Potzdam) but it has been converted with a screw in Nock type breech with integral rear, bolster and rear sight and there is a cleanup screw in the cone bolster. I did obtain a new cone for mine...
you have made a lovely bunch of guns and rifles there. Love to see them all in detail. I do like the early style of arm, I think they mount more quickly and easily than their percussion decendents. The middle rifle is of particular interest to me.
Looks a nice plain piece, a well used working rifle, maybe a trip to Mr Hoyt for re rifling? I think you are right it would not have been a smooth rifle from the get go, suspect a bit late in the era for that. St Louis made?
Black powder is not corrosive, I believe Pyrodex a black powder substitute is. The old time caps were corrosive but not the ones we now use of modern manufacture. I have left my rifle dirty for a few days on occasion ( I do live in a dry climate) had have cleaned it with cold water with no...
I looked at his videos, most informative, I particularly liked the idea of cutting a strip of patch material and having it hang of my bag strap. likewise the loose balls in the bottom of the pouch, time to change !
I have used both, prefer cutting at the muzzle. I do use a loading block when hunting. I don't know which is more accurate, might be interesting to try some off centre patches and shoot off the bench to see what the story might be.