Late flint English rifle for Tony

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  1. May 9, 2019 #21

    Baxter

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    Mr. Person: That is the most beautiful work result I have ever seen, the rifle is simply stunningly gorgeous, and a rifle I could never bring myself to shoot, for fear of soiling it. I studied the first set of photos several times over and only your admission of the off-center tang bolt made me go back to see that it was so. That you 'replaced it with what appears to be an exact copy simply amazes me. Thank you for showing it, with and without its freckle.
     
  2. May 9, 2019 #22

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  3. May 10, 2019 #23

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    A masterpiece.
     
  4. May 10, 2019 #24

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    Hi,
    Thanks everyone for your kind comments. It was a challenge because part of what makes a late flint English sporting gun authentic is impeccable workmanship. The rifle shoots very well and the stock design handles recoil amazingly well. All the force is aligned with the barrel and butt stock so it pushes straight back with no twisting and very little muzzle lift. The result is that your sighting follow through is automatically very good. The rifle shoulders naturally and consistently with no fuss about cheek weld or hand position on the wrist. The lock is very fast; however, the Davis lock required a lot of work to bring it up to a standard close to the original English locks of the period. The chambered breech is very efficient and I suspect that Tony will need about 20-30% less powder for the same performance. I don't think I mentioned previously but the blued steel front sight has thin gold wire inlayed on the back edge. It shows up like it was electrified in low light. The rifle means business. Again, thanks everyone for taking and interest and commenting.

    dave
     
  5. May 10, 2019 #25

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    Incredible workmanship!
     
  6. May 10, 2019 #26

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    Dad gummed, Dave, you sure do an amazing job on yer rifles. I'd be afraid to shoot it, afraid of messing it up. Sir, you do have a talent!
     
  7. May 11, 2019 #27

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    Hi Rusty,
    Thank you but what I made is the most shootable rifle most may ever experience. It is all business. The frills are simply impeccable workmanship and design not decoration. It needs scratches, dents, and wear, because they all will be reminders of superior performance and great days in the field. It should be a great hunting gun.

    dave
     
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    Dave,
    Simply spectacular attention to detail!
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  9. May 14, 2019 #29

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    drool -worthy!
     
  10. May 14, 2019 #30

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    Baxter, in the morning I am leaving for the Arkansas State ml championships with my Dave Person built rifle. Yes, it will get dirty. These rifles are meant to be shot and this is the black powder game. But, it will be cared for and if I treat it right I might even place in a match or two.
     
  11. May 14, 2019 #31

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    I wish you good fortune in the championship!
     
  12. May 15, 2019 #32

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    Awesome, simply awesome! I am too old to ever be able to do such amazing work and totally naïve to think I ever could have. Such talent is a gift, and you sir have been abundantly blessed. Like others have said, thank you for sharing your talent and I too would love to see it in person.
     
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