TN rifle done

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  1. Dec 23, 2014 #21

    Staggerwing

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    Very nicely done.
     
  2. Dec 23, 2014 #22

    stuartg

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    Wow, what a beautiful build! Very well done. :hatsoff:
     
  3. Dec 23, 2014 #23

    Billnpatti

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    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:
     
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  4. Dec 23, 2014 #24

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    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:
     
  5. Dec 23, 2014 #25

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    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.
     
  6. Dec 23, 2014 #26

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    It has all been said already. But I would like to ad my "WOW!" and the rest of the complimentary adjectives. :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
     
  7. Aug 16, 2019 #27

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    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.
    /mm
     
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  8. Aug 16, 2019 #28

    Eric Krewson

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    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.
     
  9. Aug 16, 2019 #29

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    Even the ramrod pis beautiful!
     
  10. Aug 17, 2019 #30

    45man

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    NOT a wall hanger, A super job to go into a safe for sure. Mouth watering.
     
  11. Aug 18, 2019 #31

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    Wow, beautiful work. Cant wait to see your next project!
     
  12. Aug 19, 2019 #32

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    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...

    Pallet.jpg
     
  13. Aug 19, 2019 #33

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    Lovely work and I love the dark color. Do you recall what you used for a stain and finish?
    Thanks
     
  14. Aug 19, 2019 #34

    mikemeteor

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    I use the modern version of the DIY aqua fortis, made from ferric nitrate crystals from The Science Company
    https://www.sciencecompany.com/-P66...MIi4zaxbiP5AIVyAOGCh3daQXjEAQYASABEgJTtPD_BwE
    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.
     
  15. Aug 20, 2019 #35

    45man

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    Don't show that to my daughter, she will build a cabinet out of that pile.
     
  16. Aug 20, 2019 #36

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    Top notch workmanship there Mike. Do tell, how many ml’s have you built?
     
  17. Aug 20, 2019 #37

    mikemeteor

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    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.... :eek:
     
  18. Aug 20, 2019 #38

    poker

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    Thank you for the link. Looking through your builds its obvious that you pay attention to detail. Very nice work.
     
  19. Aug 27, 2019 #39

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    the only thing I see wrong is it's not mine! nice gun,,,,,,,,,,,,,
     
  20. Aug 27, 2019 #40

    thomas

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    Well done!
     

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