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  1. JL

    I'm already frustrated, and I've had the gun 30 minutes!

    Really enjoying your posts and I hope you stick w/ it. I'm a beginner and would say that at some point, you might just embrace and accept the oftentimes maddening intricacies. View the time considering, planning, and executing as a sort of therapy or like you would if you were hunting a big old...
  2. JL

    Cutting a crescent?

    I'm definitely in the can per rifle category right now! Might as well start bathing w/ the stuff...
  3. JL

    Over 50 hours of carving later...

    Hoping you post some outside photos that capture the entire rifle too!
  4. JL

    Lock Related Questions

    Yes, Sir. It's looking good here. I haven't started the curves yet but the H and W is setup well.
  5. JL

    Lock Related Questions

    Thanks everyone, especially you, Dave. One of the first things I did was get that disk from KRA. Then, I looked really hard to find some dimensions I could use as reference points and enlarged them. Main source for those will be acknowledged here if I can complete this in a satisfactory manner...
  6. JL

    Lock Related Questions

    Hello, I’m working on my first plank build (modeled after an H Rupp) and have a couple of questions. The first question I have is, does my touch hole position look acceptable from an ignition standpoint? It’s .235 from plug face, centered on top of bolster line, but slightly above barrel center...
  7. JL

    When building a rifle from a blank or kit, are there any steps U dislike?

    Working on my first plank. So, as a beginner, I think I'd have to say barrel lugs/loops/tennons. Glad I researched (first) barrel wall thickness in relation to the fat boy lugs I received (and which most would receive if ordering) etc... Some of the above is tedious and I'm still dreading the...
  8. JL

    Pendersoli Pennsylvania Longrifle Build

    I built one of these last year as my first kit having not done enough research, training, etc... so please disregard the bad inlays and wild carving lol. Wish I hadn't done any of it! The reason I'm sharing these photos is because I do feel the finish came out well and may give you an idea of...
  9. JL

    Short and light

    OP, I live in the West but fly "home" to hunt in New England, usually in tailing-post rut. It's "Benoit" style. I did a Pedersoli flintlock kit as my first and it's a fine shooter, shoulders quickly, and is light. It's not the shortest thing you'd be able to locate but if you did it yourself...
  10. JL

    Tool supply - files

    14 files and under $55. Very versatile and reasonably priced set from Wheeler: Professional Gunsmithing File Set | Wheeler
  11. JL

    Stock Blanks

    I ordered my first plank from Tiger Hunt not too long ago and he took the liberty of calling me to confirm dimensions. I was very impressed w/ that and the board I received. Another option to consider.
  12. JL

    Please don't yell at me. It's just a question.

    I have a better end factory hunting rifle finished w/ it and the regularly held areas have already rubbed clean to the metal. Roughly 50-75 hunts/shoots.
  13. JL

    First Build and questions.

    Good luck on your build OP! I am working on my first real one. I wish I had spent more time focusing on sharpness and sharpening on my first kit, as others have suggested. I still waste too much energy and cash researching and purchasing "the perfect" tools. Kudos to the posters here that can...
  14. JL

    Books and Hardware Supplier suggestions for building Flintlocks?

    Some great advice here and good luck on your progress. I'm in the same boat and have gone "all in" on this. Cheaper than therapy lol.
  15. JL

    what is your favorite style of rifle?

    I'm with Oldwood on this. I'm attempting a Rupp.
  16. JL

    My Latest Kit Build

  17. JL

    My Latest Kit Build

    I'm a noob but recently did this kit in a .50. 1000 sounds way too fine. At that fineness aren't you creating a barrier? I sanded mine to 400 grit and exposed it to lots of humidity between applications of Dixie's solution. Made errors while installing front sight and needed to sand a smaller...
  18. JL

    Another reason I hate precarves

    I'm wanting to get going on my second (or true first) and have been considering all of this. Still not sure if I should go straight "plank," try to find something semi, or roll the dice on a pre-carve. Probably positives and negatives to each when you factor in skill, finished product, and on...
  19. JL

    My First Kit Build w/ Photos

    Shot her today at a bench w/ bags (50 yds). I held the same sight picture for all four shots (almost buried the blade). Bright sun and failing eyes gave me some difficulty as did this darn BP substitute... The first and second shots grouped within nearly an inch and a quarter. Relatively fast...
  20. JL

    My First Kit Build w/ Photos

    The bottom photo is actually an extraction from a video clip. Even still, the delay seemed long (on both shots). Just reviewed and it was an honest 1 second. Need some real BP, as suggested. Col. B., Thank you for that tip (very light at first). This entire paragraph makes sense to me and I...