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  1. Heelerau

    Archaic arms, created by Rudyard.

    Rudyard, the barrel will finish up about 30 inches long, according to the pattern you sent me, should I put a reinforce ring at the muzzle? we can heat shrink one on. Bore is about .52, and has a lovely mirror finish, so won't need to do anything with it for that part. I will see about draw...
  2. Heelerau

    Parker Hale Enfield 1861 - a couple of questions please

    Peter Dyson and Son in England has some Parker Hale Replacement parts. I did buy some some years ago, tumbler, stirrup, hammer screw etc. PM me some time re lube etc .
  3. Heelerau

    New matchlock

    Thought I was on the message !
  4. Heelerau

    New matchlock

    I am also on the same journey as yourself, just had a mate machine up some hollow bar (carbon steel) for the barrel, still have to shrink a ring around the muzzle, shorten up the breech end, breech plug and file the flats on the breech section. I have also a lovely lock supplied to me by...
  5. Heelerau

    To patch or not to patch ball in Smoothbore

    I get good accuracy from my Dutch Potzdam using paper cartridges. As a kid with a Pat 42 smooth bore musket I got good accuracy using patched ball, I could often head shoot rabbits out to 40 yards with that combination. Both these muskets have rear sights. I use 4 1/2 drams of Fg in my potzdam...
  6. Heelerau

    Ironmongers Percussion Fowler

    I have a Hollis and Son 12 gauge black powder breech loader which is marked with a Melbourne Hard Ware Store.
  7. Heelerau

    Reproduction & Original.

    A late mate used to shoot his original, no harm done, I would shoot it without hesitation. They like being woken up.
  8. Heelerau

    making a breech plug

    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.
  9. Heelerau

    1820/1846 stamped Charleville Musket? What do I have?

    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...
  10. Heelerau

    Help me ID this old rifle. Manton Lock & B.B. Loar barrel

    I agree, an early slug or chunk gun for target shooting
  11. Heelerau

    My matchlock build -If anyone wants a look. Not yet completed

    I too am gathering bits for a similar build, so please do keep posting, will be interesting to see how you go about this build. Looks like a ver nice start !
  12. Heelerau

    Me Gaggle of Home-grown British Beauties

    Dave, 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. Kind regards Gordon
  13. Heelerau

    What is It?

    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?
  14. Heelerau

    What do I have here?

    The nozzle should just screw off, I think it likely an Italian repro, a nice flask all the same. You can get extra nozzles from Track of the Wolf
  15. Heelerau

    1851 powder suggestions?

    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...
  16. Heelerau

    Ordered some tow

    I have ordered bags of tow from Turkey Foot Traders, and twist tobacco ! Good little outfit.
  17. Heelerau

    Cut at the muzzle

    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 !
  18. Heelerau

    Hey y’all, I made a patch knife

    Neat little knife, just curious, did you only bevel one side of the blade and leave the other flat so it sits flush on the muzzle?
  19. Heelerau

    Cut at the muzzle

    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.
  20. Heelerau

    Superstitions and traditions

    I won't shoot on Good Friday, or Christmas Day, have found bad luck follows me if I do.