Just ordered a Kibler Southern Mountain Rifle! Please post pics of yours.

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I just pulled the trigger on a Jim Kibler Southern Mountain Rifle .45 Cal kit! It will ship in 2 months. Let's see some pics of your SMR!
Just received my SMR in .36 upgraded maple.Would have gotten cherry but already have a.40 MT rifle in ohio walnut. Just a barn gun but shoots like a house afire. Old douglas barrel vcd lock been around awhileMaking a toe plate for my kibler gonna blue (hot tank) 3 times and card it off to grey. Think I'll shrink a bean steel patch box. Factory's are too big and don't fit the gun. Post some pic's when I take some.
 

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@Bob McBride I saw your video on your SMR. You said yours has a 48" barrel. I believe them are 46" now. Was yours a special order? Also you didn't talk about how you blued your metal in the video. What process did you use to patina it?

Hey HJ, no I misspoke. I had a head cold that day and I’m surprised I got that close to accurate. It’s a 46”. When I go for a French grey sort of finish as on my SMR I usually either rub back cold blue with burgundy scotchbrite or rub back LMF browning solution the same way. I used LMF and then Kibler’s Brass Black over the top rubbed back (so the engraving would take a bit of darkening when rubbed back) on that one. I wanted some age and light pitting and I’m a big fan of greyed finish on most guns.

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Hey HJ, no I misspoke. I had a head cold that day and I’m surprised I got that close to accurate. It’s a 46”. When I go for a French grey sort of finish as on my SMR I usually either rub back cold blue with burgundy scotchbrite or rub back LMF browning solution the same way. I used LMF and then Kibler’s Brass Black over the top rubbed back (so the engraving would take a bit of darkening when rubbed back) on that one. I wanted some age and light pitting and I’m a big fan of greyed finish on most guns.

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Nice that's the finish I want to go for on my SMR. Thanks for sharing your technique. I was searching YT for "how to patina gun metal". I just tried searching "How to French Grey gun metal". The only Video I have found so far is Jim Kibler's were he uses Historic Houseparts "Brass Darkening Solution". Bob you need to make a video on how you do it!
 
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Beautiful! Is your metal in the White and just nicely aging or did you patina it?

Thanks bud! Nah I cheated on this one. It's just cold blue rubbed back a bit between several coats, and the last one rubbed mostly off. It came out exactly how I wanted for a change, lol. Be advised I'm a total hack, this was my first kit project. But it worked.
 

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Hatchet Jack,
the metal finish is Kibler’s patina solution. If you want it a little more aged, it takes a little more work. Brown til furry, sand it off leaving the pits. The blue and rub back looks REALLY nice.
Wood finish is ferric nitrate, then several coats of Chambers oil finish. If a gun is meant to be exposed to the elements, I add a couple of coats of spar varnish, the finned with a couple more coats of Chambers oil.
Very durable and beautiful.
 
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