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My finished Kibler SMR

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I just wanted to share my Kibler SMR that I finished up about 2 months ago. I finally got around to getting some better pictures.

It’s a .40cal with a Fancy Maple stock. I finished the stock with Jim’s iron nitrate solution, and Tried and True oil varnish. I tried my best using bone black in areas, but I was having a hard time getting it to stay with adding coats of oil. I can still see where it was applied, but I had to draw the line somewhere.
I finished the iron parts and hardware using Jax Black. I also added in a toe plate, just giving it a slight radius at the top.
Overall I’m very satisfied with how it came out. This was my first kit build since I put together my Lyman GPR over 20 years ago.
So far, I’ve settled on a .395 ball, pillow ticking patch over 35gn of Schuetzen fffg. Although, next outing I’m going to try a .020 patch, to see if my grouping tightens up a little more.
I thank you all for answering my questions. There is so much to be learned from all you old timers out there😉
 

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I am muddling though a SMR in the same caliber. I have made a few mistakes along the way. Was the lock hard to take apart and reassemble? I will also give it a Jax black treatment. Yours looks really nice. I won’t be sharing pictures of mine unfortunately.

SR1
 
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I am muddling though a SMR in the same caliber. I have made a few mistakes along the way. Was the lock hard to take apart and reassemble? I will also give it a Jax black treatment? Yours looks really nice. I won’t be sharing pictures of mIhe.

SR1
The lock is not terribly hard to take apart. I am a mechanic, so I do have an edge there so to speak. But I would follow along Jim’s YouTube video closely, and take your time.
And I felt like the Jax Black was extremely easy to apply. All my parts have 3 coats, but rubbed back to my liking with 0000 steel wool.
 
I just wanted to share my Kibler SMR that I finished up about 2 months ago. I finally got around to getting some better pictures.

It’s a .40cal with a Fancy Maple stock. I finished the stock with Jim’s iron nitrate solution, and Tried and True oil varnish. I tried my best using bone black in areas, but I was having a hard time getting it to stay with adding coats of oil. I can still see where it was applied, but I had to draw the line somewhere.
I finished the iron parts and hardware using Jax Black. I also added in a toe plate, just giving it a slight radius at the top.
Overall I’m very satisfied with how it came out. This was my first kit build since I put together my Lyman GPR over 20 years ago.
So far, I’ve settled on a .395 ball, pillow ticking patch over 35gn of Schuetzen fffg. Although, next outing I’m going to try a .020 patch, to see if my grouping tightens up a little more.
I thank you all for answering my questions. There is so much to be learned from all you old timers out there😉
Beautiful
 
I just wanted to share my Kibler SMR that I finished up about 2 months ago. I finally got around to getting some better pictures.

It’s a .40cal with a Fancy Maple stock. I finished the stock with Jim’s iron nitrate solution, and Tried and True oil varnish. I tried my best using bone black in areas, but I was having a hard time getting it to stay with adding coats of oil. I can still see where it was applied, but I had to draw the line somewhere.
I finished the iron parts and hardware using Jax Black. I also added in a toe plate, just giving it a slight radius at the top.
Overall I’m very satisfied with how it came out. This was my first kit build since I put together my Lyman GPR over 20 years ago.
So far, I’ve settled on a .395 ball, pillow ticking patch over 35gn of Schuetzen fffg. Although, next outing I’m going to try a .020 patch, to see if my grouping tightens up a little more.
I thank you all for answering my questions. There is so much to be learned from all you old timers out there😉
Looks good. I like the metal finish. Semper Fi.
 
Really very nicely done!
And I like the darker coloring; my Colonial Longrifle (extra fancy Maple) was finished exactly the same as yours; Jim's Iron Nitrate and Tried & True.
But seems a little lighter than I had hoped; really like your deeper, darker stock.
I also used Jax Black on the lock and barrel.
Had the same experience with Bone Black as you found; it seems to be able to be put on, but wipes off once the Tried & True has "dried".

Wonder how you managed to get the darker finish on your stock?
 

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Wonder how you managed to get the darker finish on your stock?
My Kibler SMR in fancy maple turned out dark with Jim's Iron Nitrate and Tried and True as well. I believe it just depends on the amount of tannins in the wood. Some wood comes out darker than others.
 

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Just a note on the Bone Black, I had the same dispointment with it wiping off when using it with Tried & True and with BLO. Finally tried mixing it into a little stain, then dabbing it on and letting it dry. You'll still loose some when applying oil afterwards, but most will stay put.

Excellent tip!
I’ve got another kit coming and will try just that!
 
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