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    Lock Finish

    Dave Looking at your lock photos I can see what you are describing now. When I get all the brass polished and cleaned up I will start on the lock. Maybe this weekend. I want to thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to explain things to us. Not many would take the time to post the...
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    Lock Finish

    Dave, thanks for the info on case hardening. Jim's lock is really nice that's why I wasnt sure what to do with it. Shouldn't be to much of a chore to clean it up. When I am ready to color the lock should I disassemble it to put in the oven? Thanks.
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    Lock Finish

    Well, sounds like the case hardening should be easy enough for me to do in the oven. Thanks for the close up lock photos, Dave. And thanks to Phil and Dave for suggesting the case hardening. Putting the parts together are not difficult but I want to finish it correctly. Thanks again for the help.
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    Lock Finish

    Thanks, I was thinking in the right direction. Of course if Dave and Rich polish their locks, then by golly I will too. Jim has good videos on putting his parts together but there are the little details that I need guidance on. I am thankful for the members to help me along.
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    Lock Finish

    Thats what i thought, just needed some assurance that i was on the right path. Your correct about hours of work. I got 4 in the butplate. As much in the trigger guard, not done with it. Next on the list is the pipes, then on to the lock and final assembly.
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    Lock Finish

    I am almost done with one of Jim's colonial rifles and was wondering what to do with the lock. I want darken it with his patina solution. Do I sand the rough off or let it the way it was cast and darken it a little?
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    Cherry Southern Guns?

    This was my attempt with one of Jim's barrels and his patina solution.
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    Cherry Southern Guns?

    Files, get them and try to find good ones. Jeweler saw and blades. I cut small blocks if wood to back the sand paper with. Patience and take your time.
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    Bone Black

    Will do. Just applied the stain, when it dries a bit I'll put the heat gun to it. I hopefully will get to the finish tomorrow.
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    Bone Black

    Thanks, Bob. This helps a lot. I looked at the photos then picked up my Tulle I have used for 20+ years. I could see the dark areas around the buttstock, lock and forearm.
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    Bone Black

    Does anyone have experience using this? I am looking for a little guidance on applying this with the finish. I have watched Jim's videos on this several times. Maybe a few photos would be helpful to see what areas to apply it to. Thanks.
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    Slotting Barrel Lugs

    Thanks for the info, just needed a little guidance. Dave, the Kibler kits come with 1/16" pins. But should be no problem to drill out to a larger size. I like the idea of the larger diameter pins. Thanks again for your help.
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    Slotting Barrel Lugs

    Yes, that correct. I wasn't aware that a small needle file was small enough to fit in the 1/16 hole. The Brownell catalog lists some needle files.
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    Slotting Barrel Lugs

    I have the holes drilled for the pins and the next step is to slot the holes. Kibler`s videos show him using a jewellers saw to make the slot. What size blade should I order to do this? Is there an alternate method that I could use instead? I don't mind ordering the saw and blades if that is...
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    18th century artisian show

    I got it on my calender to be there on Saturday.
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