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LeadShark

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Hi there!

I've already made a thread on this forum (and I was promptly assisted by the nice members of this forum), but I think it is time for an introduction thread!

European with a love for muzzle-loading and black powder. Brass cartridges never really did it for me. I just think muzzle-loading is one of the most relaxing things to do.

Decided to join this forum to learn more about my hobby and also share insights, ideas etc.. I am looking forward to spend some time with you guys!

Sincerely,

LeadShark
 

E51WET

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Welcome from North Carolina!
Also originally European - What country are you from? Different European countries have very different laws on black powder.
Many people here in America think that Europe is a country, like a Unites States of Europe which is not the case although some of the politicians and buroucrazies in Brusseles think it should be.
 

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Hi e51........I'm an old long retired Norveg ,Sweed , Dutch , w/little Brit salted into the mix. Born here in U.S. in S.W.Pa.. Love to build longrifles ,Jager ,transitional rifles , French/English Indian trade muskets and Western Pa. school m/l guns. I scratch build from precarved wood. Had no wood dealers when started , so went to abandoned log loading sites , got some logs free and bought some @ firewood prices. Saw milled them ,dried one inch thickness per year , band sawed blanks and started. Sorry if you fell asleep by now , but you asked..............oldwood
 

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Hi e51........I'm an old long retired Norveg ,Sweed , Dutch , w/little Brit salted into the mix. Born here in U.S. in S.W.Pa.. Love to build longrifles ,Jager ,transitional rifles , French/English Indian trade muskets and Western Pa. school m/l guns. I scratch build from precarved wood. Had no wood dealers when started , so went to abandoned log loading sites , got some logs free and bought some @ firewood prices. Saw milled them ,dried one inch thickness per year , band sawed blanks and started. Sorry if you fell asleep by now , but you asked..............oldwood
No falling asleep here. Swede here. I think the woodworking, staining and other craft surrounding the black powder shooting hobby is very interesting. Great story how you achieved wood that should be quite expensive for free. You should tell us a separate story on it.
Cheers,
Magnus
 

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Magnus.........Had another gun stock log adventure where one find led to another , then another. I cleared a left over pile of logs from a neighboring farmer's cow pasture , some for firewood and couple logs to the farmers family saw mill to be sliced into m/l gunstock planks. Saw mill operator said he knew where there was a large junk log of butternut wood , ( looks like English walnut) , in a giant 100 foot across dry sink hole on a neighbor's farm . He retrieved the butternut log with his bull dozer and sawed it into gun stock planks for me. While this process was happening , an uncle of the sawmill guy ,ordered a rifle copied from a family antique. I finished the copy of the rifle and delivered it to the uncle. While at the fellow's home , he said he wanted to give me a large maple tree growing in his woods. The tree turned out to be an unusual maple tree unlike like I had never encountered. Looked the tree up in my book and it was a"Shag bark Red maple". When sawed into gunstock planks and dried , The wood had some very desirable wide curl figure , with very interesting dark random graining streaks running through the stock blanks. Also as a bonus , the wood from this big tree was the most wonderful wood to shape and carve because it seemed to have a self lubricating quality. Tools almost flow through the wood unlike some maple wood that only grudgingly gives up to a rasp. Had a good time gathering and sawing and drying m/l gunstock wood and the price was very cheap. Back in the 1970's , a trailer load of 8 or so big logs cost me around $40 to get sawed up. Had to stop collecting wood because I had nowhere left to dry the planks. By the time I allowed the planks to dry 1" per year and were ready to band saw into stocks , I found a fellow with a gun stock shaping machine and got him started cutting my wood into easily usable preshaped m/l stocks. That's what happened with my wood gathering effort............oldwood
 
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