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As it is so far. Still have to finish the barrel, still debating browning it or pickling it.
Ignore the mess in my small office, too many projects going at once......... I think I've organized it twice in the last month........

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Here's what I mean by "pickling" it. Made a mix of 12 oz hydrogen peroxide, 1 oz of distilled white vinegar and a quarter tablespoon of kosher salt. Used that to brown the brass then tried it on the sights.
Here's the results on the sights.

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Scrubbed each piece with warm water and soap then soaked em in Rem Oil.
 

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Ooh!
Walnut is it?
Yup. What's interesting is in the pictures the wood looks un-oiled, on the contrary it has three coats of tung oil on it. Must be the lighting.
 
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Nice!
Never tried carving. I like the simplicity of yours. May try to emulate.
Originally I had grandiose carving plans but apparently I just don't have the patience so I kept it simple. 😄
 

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I simply dont have the skill
Do like I did, take your time. Even the little carving I did stretched my patience so if you plan on trying it be prepared to go slow. Practice on a block of the same type of wood if you think that will help. Draw out your design on the stock and get yourself a good set of basic carving tools, they don't have to be expensive just good and sharp. I found needle files also came in handy.
 

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That, I think, I can do.
Bought a Dikar Kentucky clunker to experiment on.
I got my design inspiration from looking at other work, primarily the Reading Flintlocks in this case. Just do an image search. To see really detailed, professionally done, amazing work search "carved flintlocks"............
 

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Personally I like a plain, uncarved hunting rifle with plenty of curl in the wood. It's good I feel this way as I can't do the carving myself and won't pay to have it done.
 

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I dont mind a hunters star inlay or other such work, but all that fancy relief carving and wire inlays etc is for the show gun, not a serious hunting arm IMO. A deer isnt going to know its been shot by plain Jane.
 

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Looking good... we'll be waiting for the range report. :thumb:
Not really the kind to do range reports, takes the fun out of shooting for me if you mean detailed, load, patch etc to get the optimum load. If you just want to see holes in a paper target that's fine. That is when I can finally get around to it. This one's a .45 caliber so I do the standard load, .440 ball, lubed pillow ticking and 80 grains of 3Fg.
Gotta find a place to shoot first.
 
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Nice work there! Building from a kit adds to fun and enjoyment of shooting. You can always add embellishments as the years go by.
 

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Not really the kind to do range reports, takes the fun out of shooting for me if you mean detailed, load, patch etc to get the optimum load. If you just want to see holes in a paper target that's fine. That is when I can finally get around to it. This one's a .45 caliber so I do the standard load, .440 ball, lubed pillow ticking and 80 grains of 3Fg.
Gotta find a place to shoot first.
I just want to get a report that you went to the range and was happy with the results. I like to see these firearms used and enjoyed, not admired on a wall or hidden away in a gun safe.
 

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