beautiful! thanks for showing us,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,A friend of mine knew how much I was torn between a long rifle and a fowler and suggested I make an early Lancaster style smooth rifle. I know that's an oxymoron but the gun would be in the style of an early Lancaster rifle and would have a smooth barrel for shooting shot only. Since this was going to be my new turkey gun, I was going to have steel furniture installed on the rifle.
I first obtained an outstanding piece of wood. From there, all of the steel furniture, lock and miscellaneous components were obtained from the late Tip Curtis. In my opinion, you'd be hard pressed to find a finer, southern gentleman with which to do business. The barrel is a "C" weight, Colerain, turkey-choked, 20 gauge, ordered directly from Colerain.
A couple summers ago I met a gunsmith under the American Longrifles tent at Dixon's Gunmaker's Faire. The gunsmith was Ed Wenger of Warrington, Virginia. I talked to a couple of gunsmiths hanging out under the tent but one look at the rifle Ed had with him that day sealed the deal. His metal to wood fit is phenomenal! His carving isn't have bad either. I don't know what I'd have done if he would have said no. The build took him about 2 1/2 weeks and he documented the build with about 40 pictures. We had at least that many emails with questions and concerns. There were a couple of issues with the five faceted butt plate (too wide at the top where it abuts the comb but we worked through it.)
The one thing I liked about Ed was that he listened to you and what you wanted in the rifle. There was open communication between us where we'd discuss likes and dislikes. I didn't have to settle for some "elite" gunsmith's interpretation of what he wanted to build me. I got exactly what I wanted.
The finish on the barrel, lock and all the steel hardware is cold-blued. The bluing was knocked back with scotch brite pads and finished with motor oil. The resulting finish is a French grey that compliments the wood finish superbly. The stock was stained with a coat of LMF Honey Maple, then Lancaster Maple over that. Permalyn sealer finishes off the wood.
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