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#927261 - 11/19/17 06:28 PM Re: Southern Mountain Rifle re-start. [Re: Uncle_Alvah]
Just_Bill Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 01/27/02
Posts: 23238
Loc: Wilmington, Delaware
.36 muzzle load could do in a squirrel nicely, and leave some meat.

Patience friend, patience, don't mess it up now, you are so close.

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#928299 - 12/08/17 08:25 AM Re: Southern Mountain Rifle re-start. [Re: Just_Bill]
Uncle_Alvah Offline
" Serial Griller "
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Registered: 06/16/03
Posts: 24617
Loc: Vanceboro, NC
Started on the lockplate yesterday. I'm stepping pretty easy, if you notice the curve on the front of the lock plate is only scribed still, no cut. I have my sources that I want to consult as to how best to get a smooth, even edge there, and those sources include here.
I need to slowly chisel the lockplate down into the stock until the edge of the pan to directly and squarely against the barrel at the touch hole.


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#928301 - 12/08/17 08:46 AM Re: Southern Mountain Rifle re-start. [Re: Uncle_Alvah]
Uncle_Alvah Offline
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Registered: 06/16/03
Posts: 24617
Loc: Vanceboro, NC
First time I been in my shop in better than a month. It's only about 100 feet and I had to drive it but I got there and back! Me happy-happy!

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#928306 - 12/08/17 09:24 AM Re: Southern Mountain Rifle re-start. [Re: Uncle_Alvah]
mommapup. Offline
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Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 22065
Loc: SW Michigan
Great to see you back in the shop... Can't wait to see old smokey fire off. wink
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#928322 - 12/08/17 12:35 PM Re: Southern Mountain Rifle re-start. [Re: Uncle_Alvah]
JasonB Offline
Sharp -Shooter
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Registered: 04/27/04
Posts: 16321
Loc: Cape Spencer, New Brunswick, C...
Looking nice.

My step-father's been working on a mountain rifle of his own. Here, he is roughing the inlet for a side plate he's made from an old cheap wrench...



Drilling like this seems to be the norm for inletting.

Near finished results - He's a might more talented in the gunsmithing arts than most of us ever will be. This was a Kibler kit, IIRC.







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#928327 - 12/08/17 01:14 PM Re: Southern Mountain Rifle re-start. [Re: JasonB]
Uncle_Alvah Offline
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Posts: 24617
Loc: Vanceboro, NC
Outstanding! That tang is especially impressive, that had to be tough.

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#928468 - Yesterday at 09:46 AM Re: Southern Mountain Rifle re-start. [Re: Uncle_Alvah]
Uncle_Alvah Offline
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Registered: 06/16/03
Posts: 24617
Loc: Vanceboro, NC
Eked out the front radius, and rear point. The radius had me especially cautious. Still some clean-up on the edge, especially the lower one. I wuz gettin tired so I quit. Following given advice, I used an exacto knife to make the edge cut. Spent a lot of time getting that cut in, worked in real short strokes rather than try to "travel around" the edge in single repetitive motions. They I cut from the mortise out to the knife line.
May not be the best it can be, but its the best I can do.


Edited by Uncle_Alvah (Yesterday at 10:03 AM)

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#928524 - Today at 10:32 AM Re: Southern Mountain Rifle re-start. [Re: Uncle_Alvah]
JasonB Offline
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Registered: 04/27/04
Posts: 16321
Loc: Cape Spencer, New Brunswick, C...
Bit by bit.... Getting closer!
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#928528 - Today at 11:18 AM Re: Southern Mountain Rifle re-start. [Re: JasonB]
Uncle_Alvah Offline
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Registered: 06/16/03
Posts: 24617
Loc: Vanceboro, NC
I'm going to pause on the rifle until I get this sharp chisel business figured out. I ordered one of the glass-plate "Scary Sharp" set ups to try.
One difficulty is that I sharpen the chisels, but I have no way to judge just how sharp they are. The ash is not the best "proving ground" it would seem. Tough with even the sharpest tools, as I'm told.
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#928530 - Today at 11:45 AM Re: Southern Mountain Rifle re-start. [Re: Uncle_Alvah]
JasonB Offline
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Registered: 04/27/04
Posts: 16321
Loc: Cape Spencer, New Brunswick, C...
Get a piece of very soft wood (white pine, for instance) and attempt to shave cross-grain off the end. Only a very sharp chisel will do this without crushing/distorting the grain.

Or, see if it'll shave hair off your arm, as a sharp knife will.

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