Yet ANOTHER kibler colonial!!!!

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Just finished my kibler colonial in 58! I received it on the 23rd of October and have been racing to complete for Missouri dear season! Well I did it, thanks to everyone who recommended the 58. The balance is unbelievable! This is my first build or kit build should I say and the first time I have ever carved anything!!!! I shamelessly stole the pattern from one of kiblers own guns. Did a bunch of reading on finishes and techniques here on the forum. The stock is cherry, don’t ask why I picked that I don’t really know never used it in any project before and thought it would be fun! Barrel is oxpho blue burnished back with oooo steel wool. All other non brass metal parts are temper blued to 600 degrees. Brass was aged slightly with oxpho blue as well. Can’t wait to shoot this, and again thank you especially to Dave_person who’s long detailed posts have been a god send! I look forward to building another soon and have told my wife I want a kibler SMR for Xmas!!!!!!
 

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More photos and the stock is not completely finished yet this is only one coat of linseed oil. I plan on two more followd by young oil and wax.
 

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Incredible job for a first timer. Goes to show that if you do your homework, listen to the professionals and work with a passion to do your best you can achieve good things. Beautiful work and I love the fire blue lock........Labrat
 
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Just finished my kibler colonial in 58! I received it on the 23rd of October and have been racing to complete for Missouri dear season! Well I did it, thanks to everyone who recommended the 58. The balance is unbelievable! This is my first build or kit build should I say and the first time I have ever carved anything!!!! I shamelessly stole the pattern from one of kiblers own guns. Did a bunch of reading on finishes and techniques here on the forum. The stock is cherry, don’t ask why I picked that I don’t really know never used it in any project before and thought it would be fun! Barrel is oxpho blue burnished back with oooo steel wool. All other non brass metal parts are temper blued to 600 degrees. Brass was aged slightly with oxpho blue as well. Can’t wait to shoot this, and again thank you especially to Dave_person who’s long detailed posts have been a god send! I look forward to building another soon and have told my wife I want a kibler SMR for Xmas!!!!!!
Excellent photo shoot. Very seasonal and more attractive than the floor or a sofa for a prop! Good job. Kibler is one talented engineer, planner, technician, historian, and marketer.
 
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Really looks great! You should be proud of that rifle. The carvings look sweet and well designed. At first the stock looked like Black Walnut…. which got me thinking lol. I bet you get addicted to building these also!

thanks pathfinder! Your cherry stocked brass patch box gun was the reason I ordered this kit! The stock got the HD easy off treatment 2x at less than 2 mins a soak then I wiped it down and rinsed the rest off with water. It produced a nice deep cherry color. Also hit the carving with some of the kibler bone black. It was a very small amount that I used and it created just enough interest I think! As it sits in photos it has only one coat of linseed at the moment. Also the carving as I was a direct rip off from one of kiblers kit builds on his sight. I did the majority of carving with a 60 degree parting tool!
 
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thanks pathfinder! Your cherry stocked brass patch box gun was the reason I ordered this kit! The stock got the HD easy off treatment 2x at less than 2 mins a soak then I wiped it down and rinsed the rest off with water. It produced a nice deep cherry color. Also hit the carving with some of the kibler bone black. It was a very small amount that I used and it created just enough interest I think! As it sits in photos it has only one coat of linseed at the moment. Also the carving as I was a direct rip off from one of kiblers kit builds on his sight. I did the majority of carving with a 60 degree parting tool!
I am really struck that my rifle sparked your interest in building this- honored actually. Seems like you have a lot of skills with artistic imagination to boot :)
I am not at all familliar with your HD easy off treatment but would love to know about it! If you can share it I would be grateful to learn something new!
 

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How did you finish the barrel? Is that the treatment Kibler sells? How did you blue the cock?
 
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How did you finish the barrel? Is that the treatment Kibler sells? How did you blue the cock?

the barrel was draw filed and polished up to 320 grit then degreased with denatured alcohol then I used brownells oxpho blue and burnished it back to a nice grey with 0000 steel wool. I did that twice to get the color I was after. The lock and all other parts that were not brass were filed and polished to 220 and scotchbrite pad then degreased and “temper blued” this was done by use of a propane torch and quenched in oil when the desired color is reached which is 590-610 degrees. As bright polished steen is heated it changes color. And from reading the master Dave persons posts about the traditional ways of metal finished he talks about temper blue a lot and from what I’m led to believe this was a traditional way of finishing parts after they were case hardened and then polished back to bright white and either left white or they were temper blued. I did this to all metal parts and screw heads and only on the very bottom on the frizen as I did not want to change the temper on the actual striking surface of the frizen.
 
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PathfinderNC, the easy off treatment is a fast way of aging cherry and other woods that contain tannic acid and the lye in the oven cleaner reacts with the acid darkening the wood. I have read mixed reviews about how well it works and some folks have had mixed results. I wanted an aged but not abused look for the rifle. I was thinking like an heirloom piece that has darkened with age but was very well kept. That is why I greyed the barrel slightly to simulate a nice even patina. Either way I gave it a shot figuring if it were blotchy or something I would just rub it back and try a stain or dye. However I am happy with the results and I would probably do it again if I did something else in cherry. I just sprayed an even coat on the stock after carving and sanding let it sit for 2 minutes and then wiped it off with a rag and denatured alcohol to get the majority of the oven cleaner off and then went upstairs and hoses the rest off in the sink trying to avoid getting yelled at by the warden! Repeating the process one time until I was happy. I hope this explains the process well.
 

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Have you thought of doing these for others, I am not talented enough but that is amazing work!
 
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PathfinderNC, the easy off treatment is a fast way of aging cherry and other woods that contain tannic acid and the lye in the oven cleaner reacts with the acid darkening the wood. I have read mixed reviews about how well it works and some folks have had mixed results. I wanted an aged but not abused look for the rifle. I was thinking like an heirloom piece that has darkened with age but was very well kept. That is why I greyed the barrel slightly to simulate a nice even patina. Either way I gave it a shot figuring if it were blotchy or something I would just rub it back and try a stain or dye. However I am happy with the results and I would probably do it again if I did something else in cherry. I just sprayed an even coat on the stock after carving and sanding let it sit for 2 minutes and then wiped it off with a rag and denatured alcohol to get the majority of the oven cleaner off and then went upstairs and hoses the rest off in the sink trying to avoid getting yelled at by the warden! Repeating the process one time until I was happy. I hope this explains the process well.
Well what will they think of next! Very clever. What is it that reacts with the wood?Amonia I am guessing?
Thanks for the explanation of the procedure. If you have a photo I would appreciate it!
always learning 😊
 
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Well what will they think of next! Very clever. What is it that reacts with the wood?Amonia I am guessing?
Thanks for the explanation of the procedure. If you have a photo I would appreciate it!
always learning 😊

i believe it’s the lye that causes the reaction. I’m at work for the next two days but when I get home I have some samples of cherry that I can post photos of before and then spray it with the easy off and do like a before during and after shot.
 
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Have you thought of doing these for others, I am not talented enough but that is amazing work!

thank you for the kind remarks!! No I haven’t thought about that as this is only my first build and I’m still trying to figure it out myself! However you saying that is very encouraging and I thank you for the kind complements!!!!
 
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