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PostSubject: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 23rd 2015, 11:56 am

Got it today! Had to inlet the lock a bit but she works great and sparks like a mother! I knew the barrel and a problem and after looking, yes, no way I will attempt to fire it. Its a percussion turned flintlock barrel and the vent hole is huge. No need to take something like that and try working with it. I'll order a new .54cal flinter barrel and drop that in and be happy that shes safe and sound.

I'll have some pictures coming later in the day.


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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 23rd 2015, 12:01 pm

Does it have a vent liner? If it does, change it out.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 23rd 2015, 12:15 pm

its a home made vent liner, very shoddy too. I tried getting it out but its like it was made to never be removed.
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 23rd 2015, 1:12 pm

Measure the diameter and if it isn't too big for a replacement, drill it out short of the threads and peel out the rest. Then you can replace it with a Chambers liner. I think they are called White Lightnin'.  http://www.flintlocks.com/parts.htm
1/16" diameter hole worked best for me.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 23rd 2015, 6:49 pm



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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 23rd 2015, 6:51 pm

thank god I didn't shoot it! The bubba that did the conversion used JB weld around it! I saw what looked like fouling between the vent liner and barrel, used a thin flathead screw driver and got the grayish blue jb weld color. wow
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 23rd 2015, 7:01 pm

I'm sure he just locked it in with JB. It's still threaded in, and should be safe to shoot.

Have you refinished it already? It looks pretty good.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 23rd 2015, 7:34 pm

no not yet, I have a customers shotgun coming in that i have to finish first.

stock looks good, has some road rash but for a hunting rifle, pretty typical stuff. Not my standard finish though!
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 24th 2015, 3:01 am

I'll bet if you take out the barrel and heat the vent area with a propane torch, that liner will come right out. A new one is about $5 plus shipping.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 24th 2015, 6:34 am

@patocazador wrote:
I'll bet if you take out the barrel and heat the vent area with a propane torch, that liner will come right out. A new one is about $5 plus shipping.


I was just about to say the same thing, hit it with a torch, same as with RED LOCK TITE, hit it with a little heat and it releases it's grip. (old gunsmiths trick).

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 24th 2015, 8:31 am

Old mechanics trick too.  Wink

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   March 24th 2015, 8:59 am

i wouldn't fire that gun either.   A  lot of flame would come out that big hole.
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   May 3rd 2015, 2:54 pm

Finally got her stripped down today. Been putting it off for a rainy day and well... Its thundering like crazy and it was time to get back to work.

Have the stock soaking with a coat of citistrip as a " Just in case" covering to make sure everything gets sucked out. I'll rub it down with a scruff pad next and then hit the small dings and dents with a steamer before I start fine sanding.
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   May 5th 2015, 10:04 am

Before scrapping the barrel, drill the liner out with 7mm and tap with m8x1.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   May 6th 2015, 6:33 pm

Joe, I just don't want to take a chance with that barrel. When I put so much work into something, there's no way I will throw a questionable barrel on top and then turn it loose to someone else. A few extra bucks in a new barrel and I will feel a lot better about it when the new owner takes over.
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   May 6th 2015, 6:34 pm

oops forgot!!

I got coat #4 Truoil on it so far. I apply 2 coats, let it dry for a day and then buff down with a green scuff pad and apply another coat. So far, it has gorgeous depth!  It will make one hell of a snazzy flinter after I am finished. I will be doing a high gloss finish on this one and polished brass.
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   May 12th 2015, 7:21 pm

whew! Got the last coat of truoil on it. Now I have to let it set up for a few days before hitting it with 400 grit wet sand paper and then apply more coats. This takes any "orange peel" out of the finish and makes for a glass surface. Really think I will go the high gloss route on this one. No pictures, rainy weather doesn't mix well with freshly finished stocks.
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   May 19th 2015, 2:01 pm

Well, I oiled down the stock today and buffed it down to a semi sheen finish. Looks great! Now I just have to order a new 54cal barrel, brown it, install new sights and shes ready for a new owner. Normally I'd polish the lock but this one is butter smooth and throws great spark and so I will stick with the saying... If it aint broke, dont fix it!
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   August 13th 2015, 1:45 pm

Got the 54cal barrel in today! Had to do a little fitting on the tang as it was very tight, but that just requires a smaller hammer and tapping on the tang to fit it to the breech hook. After that, she was perfect! Did about 40 strokes with remington 40x bore cleaner, followed up with brake cleaner, now I just have to prep the barrel and brown it!
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   August 16th 2015, 9:04 pm

Excuse the poor pics. I still have the tang and under rib to finish up.


She looks nice now! The new barrel really makes a difference.
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   August 17th 2015, 7:04 am

Looking good.  I love the flinters!

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   August 18th 2015, 4:43 pm

Very nice indeed! Is that a 15/16" or 1" barrel and what is the twist?
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken Flintlock project ( #7 )   August 18th 2015, 7:42 pm

Its a 15/16th" barrel. Very light weight and easy to handle. Just waiting on the sights to arrive.
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