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  1. Jul 30, 2019 #1

    Cruzatte

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    I thought one of two might be interested in my progress. This is only my second attempt at building a muzzle loader. What looks like a gap at the back of the lock plate is actually a shadow. I checked. Photography isn't exactly my long suit. Sorry 'bout that.
     
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    dave_person

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    Hi Cruzatte,
    It is looking pretty good but do not do any more carving of the lock panel moldings or barrel tang apron until you have shaped the rest of the gun almost to final finish. Those carved details are among the last features you should do. The lock moldings are formed naturally by shaping the wrist not carved in. French hunting guns do have more blocky and clumsy looking moldings but your gun is not ready to be going there.

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    Cruzatte

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    Thanks, Dave. As I was looking at it even before I started work, I may have intuited that the lock panel moldings or the barrel tang beaver tail, as I call it, should be handled sparingly. I haven't touched those areas at all, really, being more concerned with getting the barrel inlet, the pin holes drilled, and the lock plate just so. I appreciate your encouragement.
     
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    Carbon 6

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    It's going to be magnificent because you created it with your own two hands.
     
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    Eric Krewson

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    I put the cart before the horse on my first build, it looks pretty bad but I learned a lesson on what not to do in the future.

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