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bpd303

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I needed to find an inexpensive way to hold some of my long rifles. Being frugal (cheap) and somewhat of a pack rat ironmonger/blacksmith I decided to make one from on hand materials. Besides I just didn’t like the looks of the commercial round racks. All total I think I’ve got about 6 hours into this one made from a salvaged 17 ½ inch water meter manhole cover, an old post from my stairwell which I had replaced with forged iron ones and some scrap plywood all painted black.

 

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Nice work..great reuse!
store my cf guns muzzle down..Muzzleloaders muzzle up...like the oil to run down the bore to the breach plug face..like the idea of oil in that line where the barrel are breach plug meet.
How big(dia.) does it need to be for more rifles?
 

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That is a nice compact gun rack. A plus is that you can get to the guns anytime you feel like fondling them.
 

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I am going to have to start getting more rifles so I can have a nice rack like that.
 

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The bottom plywood ring that the manhole cover sits in is 24 inches in diameter and the top ring is 8 inches with slots for 12 guns.

The rifle buts are sitting on some water pipe insulation that I split in half and used contact cement to glue it down, makes nice padding for the butt plates.

I imagine to fit more guns the base would need to be at least 30-32 inches, which would be a pretty big foot print. I have 2 empty slots in the back...so I need at least that many more flintlocks. :wink:
 

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Dandy work and a really nice display of some beautiful guns, but aren't you afraid of burglers? At one time many years ago, I had a nice display rack for all of my guns and then a friend of mine had his house burglarized and all of his guns were stolen from a very pretty gun cabinet in his living room. That's when I bought a gun safe. Hazards aside, you've done a beautiful job building your rack. :thumbsup:
 

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Not too worried about burglars. I live so far out in the woods that I don’t get Sunday night football till Wednesday. Also anyone will have to get by my big dogs to get to the house and my in-laws live just around the hill on the same drive and we watch out for each other.

When I lived in Florida I had a Treadlock Security Vault that weighed 400 pounds empty. With all I had in it the weight was about 600 pounds. When we were on vacation burglars made off with it and it’s contents. To this day I don’t know how they did it. The neighbors saw or heard nothing. Lost 14 long guns & pistols along with all the wife’s jewelry, cash, ammo, lead ingots, powder, etc.

Needless to say I don’t have much faith in gun safes.
 

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I too like your gun rack. The only problem I would have with this design would come from my 110 Lb. Golden Retriever....Archie. When he gets excited his tail alone would send those guns crashing like dominoes! I would have to modify it with some kind of holding strap around the guns up near the mid section. I also have a similar rack that was made to hold fishing poles.
 

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I needed to find an inexpensive way to hold some of my long rifles. Being frugal (cheap) and somewhat of a pack rat ironmonger/blacksmith I decided to make one from on hand materials. Besides I just didn’t like the looks of the commercial round racks. All total I think I’ve got about 6 hours into this one made from a salvaged 17 ½ inch water meter manhole cover, an old post from my stairwell which I had replaced with forged iron ones and some scrap plywood all painted black.

I see Photobucket/tinypic strikes again. here is the picture.
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Very clever. And nice job. The nice thing about those swivel racks is that they both display the guns well and save a bunch of space.

Rick
 

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