Discussion in 'The Gun Builder's Bench' started by mikemeteor, Dec 22, 2014.
Very nicely done.
Wow, what a beautiful build! Very well done. :hatsoff:
Critique????? Are you kidding? All I can do is drool. That is one beautiful rifle. You have earned the right to stick your thumbs under your suspenders, rear back and strut. :haha: Congrats on a beautiful rifle. :hatsoff:
THAT is ASTOUNDING! I like everything about that rifle! I Particularly like the tang and the comb. I honestly would feel foolish in even attempting to critique anything about it! The ONLY think I don't like is that it's not hanging on my wall!... :hatsoff:
Well. the only thing I can tell that is wrong is that your screw slots aren't lined up! :grin: other than that its a very nice rifle and I wish I owed it. It must have took some time to inlay that tang in there.
It has all been said already. But I would like to ad my "WOW!" and the rest of the complimentary adjectives. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
Sorry about resurrecting a 5-year old thread - I got distracted with building telecaster-style electric guitars and tube amps for a while (they all have their own forums of course which consume time), but I am about to get back into the ML world.
Anywho, i appreciate all the kind words on this rifle.
Like most of you I'm sure, I find the over-the-comb tang intimidating to start, but I really like the way they look in the end.
Mine actually start as a regular ol' Lancaster-style short tang, and I lap joint and MIG weld on the extension piece - the screw bosses are just cheap steel washers "inlet" into the steel bar and tack welded from below. Then all filed into final form.
And no this barrel doesn't come out of the stock for cleaning.
As y'all know, if you bend that tang, then bend it back to where it oughta be, you just lengthened the metal and your Inlets don't fit so well anymore. It's basically an irreversible boo-boo.
Someone asked about the muzzle; I just copied that off someone else - (don't we all !?!).
Welded a homemade hardened, pointy cutter piece (chunk of old file) onto a 12" pilot rod, wrapped the "bore" end of the rod in tape for a snug fit and inserted it into the bore.
Chucked the other end into my drill.
Run the drill slow, lower the whole assembly into the bore until the cutter contacts the muzzle, carefully score the circle, keep going (slowly) until you get what you want, and Bob's your uncle.
Smoothed out with 800 wet/dry.
Easier than it sounds, really.
Takes longer to build the cutter rod than it does to do the muzzle with it.
Good to be back in the ML crowd - when i get going on this next build i'll post some pics.
The patchbox was the first to catch my eye, different and way above any I have seen on a TN rifle so far, I like it. Everything else is top notch as well.
Even the ramrod pis beautiful!
NOT a wall hanger, A super job to go into a safe for sure. Mouth watering.
Wow, beautiful work. Cant wait to see your next project!
That's just flat out beautiful! I just wish I could do woodworking like that one day - this is about par for me at this time...
Lovely work and I love the dark color. Do you recall what you used for a stain and finish?
I use the modern version of the DIY aqua fortis, made from ferric nitrate crystals from The Science Company
dissolved in denatured alcohol and applied as per usual aqua fortis technique (apply, let dry, heat w/ heat gun).
The darker "highlights" around unworn areas are manually applied with a brush; bone-black pigment mixed in shellac.
Whole thing gets about 5-6 coats of Chambers oil finish.
Don't show that to my daughter, she will build a cabinet out of that pile.
Top notch workmanship there Mike. Do tell, how many ml’s have you built?
thank you sir.
I have completed 13 long guns.
Pics of ten of them are on my webpage https://mikemeteor.wixsite.com/mikemillard/custom-longguns
you will not see pictures of my first three on there - you don't have to ask why....
Thank you for the link. Looking through your builds its obvious that you pay attention to detail. Very nice work.
the only thing I see wrong is it's not mine! nice gun,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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