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    Patch lube

    With spit I think it would be a good idea to put the patches in your hot pot stew, then dry, would have a nice flavour but after 50 or so shots you could run dry. I use a mix of bees wax, olive oil, bit of lanolin and some red crayon for my bullet lube, so will go with the olive oil, good for...
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    Patch lube

    Hi just made up a patch cutter, 1" pillow ticking round one`s for both .45 and .50, now I have olive oil, Alfa bran oil and soluble oil from my lathe. Which one would be ok for patch lube, :eek: AAhh, Pandora's box. I know every one`s got the best stuff, but this is what I have at hand...
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    Made a new .45 barrel

    Lanolin is one of the main stuff in rust proofing formulas, I made my own with some old sump oil, a goodly dollop of lanolin and candle wax. Heated it all up till melted the some kerosene, have sprayed this in all the holes I could find in my car, when the kero evaporates it`s like a grease. Use...
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    Made a new .45 barrel

    Test and range report, tried 50gr 3f,.440 thin oxy patch at 50m, five shots, about 3/4" group, so same load but tighter pillow ticking patch ,five shots and three touching, :thumb:, so happy camper . About 1/2" low so will file down the fore sight a bit to bring it up, I like it an 1" high at...
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    Made a new .45 barrel

    Hi Wapiti22, Yes there are a few things I did not make on this rifle, the brass butt plate, ramrod ferule, the four side plates for barrel wedges and the back sight. I have Track of the wolf`s #17 Catalog and this is where I got them from, the back sight is RS-LA 3/8" dovetail, so it`s in your...
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    Made a new .45 barrel

    This time I used white vinegar, just swabbed it down and let it hang outside, pretty humid down here, after 3/4 days it looked like an 1868 job, so that's it. Cheers, Homebrew.357.
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    Made a new .45 barrel

    All is done, the sights are back on the barrel and now the fun job of setting the sights at the range. On checking our range calendar I see there is a black powder and cannon shoot coming up so will be a good time to do it and my wife wants to come along to see us boys play. It`s her first time...
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    Made a new .45 barrel

    I humbly apologise for my inderscrsion on mentioning the cartridge rifle, I know its a no no so please forget it and go easy on me with the tar and feathers. The Hawken muzzle loading barrel is going rusty nicely and it`s looking right a soak in baking soda and then a rub with hot lanolin, that...
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    Made a new .45 barrel

    Hi, I used J B Weld, it`s a two pot glue and to see how I did this on my lathe go to www, Making a Sharps rifle on my lathe buy Homebrew.357 and also could find my thread on the Hawken build.
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    Posting a thread

    HI, I post a thread with pic`s and it was posted, butI don`t know how you post it, or send it, what's the trick I'm missing when I reply to a question so it`s posted ?. Why is there a post a poll? , and last bit say`s Create thread, is that it? Thanks, Homebrew.357.
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    Made a new .45 barrel

    Hi guys, as I have changed my system to a sort of sine bar rifling and now can get a right hand twist I thought a new improved .45 barrel for my plains Hawken rifle would be a good project. So I have, it`s 28" long, 1" round stock 12/15, bore .450" with .010" deep cut rifling and a twist of...
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    IAB Sharps Gardone

    The Sharps is a lot of fun to shoot, along with my Hawken .45/.50 eg , two barrels I just love banging away with the Sharps. But I did it the hard way, I made my Sharps lock, stock and barrel.
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    .54 Caliber T/C Hawken Question

    You could flatten one of your .54 lead balls so it`s larger than the bore, get a 12" length of copper or brass rod and slide it into the barrel then bang in the lube ball about 2" in from the muzzle. Now you can knock out the ball with the copper/ brass rod from the inside and you will have a...
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    M/L Barrel steel

    Yes, it checks out at a singe up form the 12/15 and this barrel is machining nicely, definitely a lot better than the 10/45 steel I was using. Should be able to get a good polish in the bore after rifling.
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    M/L Barrel steel

    Thanks guys, looks like I`m in the ballpark so should make a good barrel, anyway have finished reaming out the bore of the first one and setting up to cut rifle. This one will have a twist of 1-48" so a choice of ball or bullet and the next one will be a 1-60" for ball only. I`m just making the...
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    M/L Barrel steel

    Hi, I`m into making a few muzzle loading barrels and sorting out the best steel. I think the ones made in Spain are made of 12L14 steel as this is easy to machine and strong enough for black powder. Just up from that steel is 12/15 grade steel and this is what I was thinking of using. It`s still...
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    Refurbishing bore

    That's thinking outside the square, I had a problem with my cut rifled barrels, the cut rifling was rough in the groves and lead lapping was not smoothing it out. So doing a bit of square thinking, I made up a brass lap to screw onto my cleaning rod and to fit in the bore then milled a slot to...
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    Rifling style

    OK, Thanks guys, just a bit extra on the cleaning side and as all my cutters are square will keep using them and its easer to lap the groves. Cheers, Homebrew.357.
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    Rifling style

    Hi, I'm into making a few black powder barrels, mainly for .45, .50, for patched round ball with cut rifling. Now I see that Cold grain and Rice barrels are top of the range and have rifling that's rounded at the bottom of the groves, is this better than the square type of rifling for a P/B...
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    Dry ball

    Yep, been and gone and done it, so have now made up dry ball screw puller. But I`ve had more fun actually firing the rifle. We have a general practice day at our range and anyone can come along for the day and pay a bit to have a shoot. This means I was the only one with a black powder rifle...
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