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PostSubject: Hawken Project   October 24th 2012, 9:03 pm

FINALLY got the Hawken stock in today. I was really starting to get worried there for a while.

Stock looks great, lock is perfect as its new. Brass needs a whole lot of buffing and polishing, I do not look forward to that at all. Barrel channel is 15/16th and so I decided what the heck.... Im going with a 54cal round ball barrel from deer creek.

Pretty wood grain on it to, I already have the stain to do it but will not touch the stock until I order all the screws I need and get them screwed into place. Then the file and sanding block comes out for some play time.

We will see what I can do with her over time.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   October 24th 2012, 9:15 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   October 24th 2012, 9:17 pm

Shiny brass looks cheap to me. I'd blacken it.

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   October 24th 2012, 9:20 pm

Yeah its going to get polished and then blacked out with brass black. I have to gather the parts together and then stare at it until some vision pops into my head.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   October 25th 2012, 9:43 am

Yeah black brass or steel ....
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 8th 2012, 12:55 am

Had a problem with the barrel not dropping into the stock,turned out to be some casting burrs in the lock area that was holding up
the barrel. I will remove these tomorrow. Stock fits the stock very
snug, i was going to glass bed, but am having second thoughts now after
seeing how well things fit. Maybe just a tang bed job.


Forward area has a good machining burr that wasnt taken down enough

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 8th 2012, 3:06 am

Who makes the brass black solution FG ?
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 8th 2012, 10:19 am

birchwood casey
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 8th 2012, 1:09 pm

I've got a gun with brass that i want to blacken as well
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 8th 2012, 5:11 pm

I like to let the brass on mine darken and discolor with age. I think it gives the gun more character.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 8th 2012, 5:53 pm

I got the lock fixed barrel drops in nice and snug, hammer lines up perfect. I also removed some wood from the lock mortise and got it real nice and flush.

Right now I seriously want a gunsmith to cut the new dovetail for the wedge tenon. I dont want to screw this up, its going nicely to take a chance.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 8th 2012, 6:46 pm

8lbs 6oz is what she weighed in at. I still have a good deal of wood i have to trim off and then we will see.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 8th 2012, 11:22 pm

That's about spot on , my Hawken .54 weighs 8.5 lbs
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 13th 2012, 12:08 pm

Bedded tang and rear section of barrel last night. Just separated the parts today and it looks great.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 13th 2012, 12:11 pm

You'll need the weight for the recoil son.

I like my light little .54.

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 13th 2012, 12:13 pm

110gr goex 2f should do!
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 13th 2012, 12:16 pm

I can hear the whining now with that butt plate. affraid

Better start bench pressing.

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 13th 2012, 12:33 pm

Oh no its not as bad as the GPR butt plate. Its only a 280?? grain round ball.

Yes, but you're used to guns with a recoil pad.

Then again. At your age I was shooting elephant guns, and laughing about it.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 13th 2012, 12:48 pm

.54 ball weigh around 225 -230gr and with ball the recoil will be mild even with that 110gr load
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 13th 2012, 12:50 pm

Yeah im shooting a 58cal though.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 13th 2012, 12:54 pm

Oh sorry my bad Embarassed the .58 ball does come in at around 280gr , recoil will be brisk with a light rifle and 110 gr !
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 22nd 2012, 3:07 pm

got a great start on the " thumb hook" on the hawken stock, had to find a tool to wrap the sand paper around and get the shape started, after that, just feathering it in with 100 grit to smooth is all out. I didn't over do, when the stain is on, it should be a nice gentle flow with the stock.

Now that im using finer sand paper, the wood grain is really jumping out, i dont think i will do a very heavy stain on it, i just want to get that figure to pop.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 22nd 2012, 4:08 pm



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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 22nd 2012, 10:22 pm

Looking real nice Jon !
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 27th 2012, 4:18 pm

well I got all my parts in today. The only thing that turned out to be junk was the brass wedge key plate Screws. I snapped 3 heads off before i said to hell with it, just buy some steel screws at the store.

Got to get that darned dovetail cut and order sights!
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