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A little pre turkey work.

Breech face inletted.

Getting transfer along the entire channel now.

May get done by Thanksgiving evening....................................................................................................................of 2023.
 

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The side flats and bottom angles are finally touching. After more than 12 hours of chiseling with a #7, 6mm gouge.

Time to include a 1/4" mortise chisel. To cut the flats in.

This thing is beginning to look like an actual stock.

Thanks to everyone for their input.
 

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Getting down to the measure twice cut once phase of the inletting. Many thousands of wood chips later, I'm within .06 of the web at the muzzle and .190 at the breech. My idea is to leave the muzzle end alone and focus just on the breech end.

Question: Would it be OK to have barrel to groove contact on the first five inches at the breech end and five inches of contact at the muzzle end? Leaving the center section unsupported.

Thanks.
 

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After six solid hours of making chips, the breech is .110 away from getting there.

I've read about people carving a channel in 12 to 18 hours. Hats off to them.

I'm certain I've got more than 30 hours invested. Another 6 to 8 tomorrow.
 

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Trying to learn a craft that originally took an apprenticeship of at least 5 years by asking questions online is an interesting and common approach nowadays. Buy books. Read articles and collect them in notebooks. Watch other craftspeople work. Attend a 3 or 5 day class. Try different tools and approaches. Practice until you develop systems that work for you. None of these proven approaches are free or fast.

Don’t be presumptuous and think there’s nothing to it and buying a few suggested tools and watching a few YouTube videos will ensure success.
Nobody is responsible for your development as a craftsperson but you.
This is sage advice right here^ Back in 2014 I started building my first and only flintlock rifle, I had a lot of help from my good freind and mentor, he gave me the same advice as Rich has given you. I got all the books I could, bought videos and watched them all. Although I’m still not up to par as far as I’m concerned. I’m not afraid to tackle a rifle build by myself.
Good luck and keep us posted!
 
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