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    Frankenstein's Flintlock

    If it was me I would re-breech the barrel, or have it re-breeched. Your method of filling that hole with a screw bedded in epoxy made me cringe. The stock quite frankly looks pretty poorly done, it would be better to start with new wood and see what you can do with it. Even better, sell the...
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    This old lock...

    Just out of curiosity is that a brass plate? I assume it is, but just wanted to make sure it was not the lighting playing tricks on my eyes. Neat old lock in any event.
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    Damascus barrel

    Apparently it is in demand. Brockways approach was to turn custom patent plugs that were about twice as long as the original. He picked taps that worked with the chamber size. His theory was that even if the thread engagement was only 50% (accounting for variances in chamber size) doubling the...
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    Ready-made patches for sale?

    I agree that a caliper with a resolution of .001 is all you need. Harbor Freight has them for about $15 and they work fine. It is what I tell my students to buy and we check them in our lab routinely with gauge blocks, never had an issue with accuracy. Over many years they won't hold up as well...
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    Damascus barrel

    Buy Brockway's book on Recreating Muzzleloading Shotguns. It is certainly not a simple process, but that book will at least let you know what you are up against.
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    CVA 1847 Walker

    You can pretty much bet that the nipples on your CVA are metric, call up Track and they can probably help you sort it out and get the correct ones.
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    Does anyone know who does charcoal bluing ??

    I used to have a Uberti Walker with the charcoal blued finish, I agree with what was said above that it was more of a nitre blue and not a true charcoal blue. If you have access to a heat treatment furnace the process is really not that difficult. I polish my pieces to 400 grit, degrease, and...
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    Does anyone know who does charcoal bluing ??

    I do it all the time, my process looks much more black and is consistent and very durable though. I often have my students do it on metal projects they make in my University classes. here are a pair of marking gauges we did last year. One is all charcoal but, the other has a color casehardened...
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    Interesting Pocket Knife

    The bolsters are integral with the liner, that much I know. I have had it up on the Bladeforum and All about Pocket Knives forum, seems most place it between 1820-1850. This is based on the integral bolster, early style manufacturers mark, and general styling. The nail knick works against it...
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    Some new project photos for approval?

    It looks like a good solid knife. Personally I think it would look a lot better if you removed the grind lines which takes away from the intended 18th century style. Moving two a half tang and using steel pins would also go a long way towards creating the look.
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    Interesting Pocket Knife

    Here are a few more. Last is a photograph of one on display at the Museum of London. I don't place a whole lot of faith in their age estimate, but the dimensions they give are darn close to this one and the pattern in the handle is also very close. You can see it here...
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    Interesting Pocket Knife

    Picked this up this afternoon at an antique shop near Lancaster PA. Don't know much about it other than it appears to be quite old. Stamp on the blade appears to be GRAYSON, but I could be way off with that. Measures about 8 1/4 overall, blade is about 3 1/4 inches. Bone handle. What are your...
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    Who made the CVA Wells Fargo 1849 ?

    As I mentioned earlier, the extras with that gun would easily sell on Ebay for over 300. Get it for the right price and you basically get a free gun and case.
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    Who made the CVA Wells Fargo 1849 ?

    I had one of the CVA brass frame Wlls Fargo models back in the early 90's, neat guns and good shooters. I would offer $300 for it. You can sell the extra parts on Ebay for considerably more than that.
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    router bits

    You are talking about something spinning 20,000 rpm, you really don't want to take chances with something being out of balance at those speeds. In my opinion spade bits are not designed for those speeds and are too lightly built to be safe as well. Your mileage may very. Barrel channels can be...
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    southern civil war fighting knife? maybe,,,,,,,,,,,

    Neat knife, but always difficult to know for sure its history. This is my 18th century penny knife. Made in 2016.
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    Casting a bullet mold

    I assume you are planning on using the print as a pattern for investment casting. If that is the case I feel you are going to be unhappy with the results. Your print would need to be much higher resolution than what you have in the photograph and even with a better print you are still going to...
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    How can I (or, can I? ) repair my broken Bess ramrod?

    Should be able to be fixed by any competent welder and some filing.
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    Ridiculous Cap Pricing

    Personally I think you are asking for trouble to try and make a #10 cap fit on a #11 nipple. The safest approach would be to either find a correct size nipple for the #10's or modify the existing nipple to fit the smaller cap. It is a simple matter to do the re-sizing if you have (or know...
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    Ridiculous Cap Pricing

    I agree the shortage are going to create innovation and probably bring a lot more people back into the do it yourself culture that flourished pre 1970's. This is a good thing. I see some mention of Sharpshooters kits for priming compound and the tool to make #11 caps. I purchased some of the...