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PostSubject: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 2nd 2017, 9:40 am

Well I decided to get back to my Isaac Haines build. Below you can see it on my bench.   The pic below that is what it is suppose to look like completed.  I'm till deciding if I have enough courage to attempt a sliding patch box.  Being a "newbie" everything I do is for the first time.  I just cut off the stock at the muzzle so there is 1/8" of barrel shown.  "Most" of the inletting is complete so stock shaping is next.  Lots of sanding to do.

This is a .50cal, Flinter, 38" swamped "B" weight barrel.  For a muzzleloader this rifle is light!   I'm sure it will come in under 7lbs.




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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 2nd 2017, 9:48 am

Wow, you've already accomplished lots more than I'd be comfortable trying.  I'd be encouraged by all that, however you plan to proceed.  Well done!
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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 4th 2017, 4:23 pm

Worked on the muzzle cap today.  Seems like a simple thing but since it is my fist time it took me most of the day.  I will be using some epoxy to glue in place.




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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 4th 2017, 5:05 pm

Lookin' good, Joe. Real good!  :rtup

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 4th 2017, 5:13 pm

Thanks!!

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 4th 2017, 8:31 pm

Go Joe! Looking' good.

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 4th 2017, 10:04 pm

Excellent!
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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 4th 2017, 10:09 pm

Love it! Just go slow and steady, it will be a beauty when you are all finished.

Don't you love that gun vise? I can not tell you how many rifles ive built and restored on mine. Just a hell of a  handy took to have on hand.
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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 5th 2017, 7:12 am

There are no "simple thing"s 'Joe when you are only doing it once.  Great start Exclamation

I couldn't image taking on that project without a gun vice.
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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 5th 2017, 8:13 am

The "Best Gun Vice" is great for most projects.  I do love it!  I don't use it when I'm inletting with chisel and carving mallet.  Of course it is not made for that either.  I use the "Versa-Vice" you see in the background because the rifle has to be turned to so many different positions.

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 7th 2017, 2:24 pm

I stopped in at "Track Of The Wolf" this afternoon to take a look at the $3,000 - $5000 dollar long rifles. I wanted to get an idea of how their stocks are shaped so I can proceed with my Isaac Haines. 

I shouldn't have done that......my rifle will NOT be looking that nice. I have a long way to go, skill wise, in rifle building.

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 7th 2017, 2:30 pm

Your work looks fine to me, Joe. Hang in there. 

Wish I was that close to TOW. I'd love to visit.

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 7th 2017, 4:10 pm

No one can expect to be a professional gun builder on their first few tries. I think yours is progressing nicely.

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 7th 2017, 4:14 pm

Thank you for the encouragement guys.  I'll "Getter Done", she'll be beautiful to me!

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 9th 2017, 10:51 am

The nose cap in stalled and the stock shaped down to meet it.  I feel that I'm about 95% complete now on the sanding / scraping of the stock.  I am waiting on some curved files that I have ordered so I can work on the edges of flats where the lock and the side plate are located.  I want them to be a little more defined.

Then next will be the finish on this curly maple stock.  I don't have a clue yet how to do it properly so I'm researching that now.


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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 9th 2017, 11:29 am

Any idea what you will do for the stock finish? Aqua fortis?
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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 9th 2017, 11:35 am

No not yet. Looking for suggestions. The stock has some nice figure.  If I do it right she should be a fine looking rifle

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 14th 2017, 7:02 pm

more pictures ....

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 18th 2017, 1:35 pm

Put some stain on the stock.  It is Laurel Mountain Forge - Nut Brown.  The bad:  with the stain on it I can see some blemishes /chisel marks that I didn't get sanded out. Just letting it dry today.  It should turn a dull brown when dry. Then I'll rub it down some with a wet 3m scotch pad to start bringing out the curly maple stripes.  I think I'm going to order some Jim Chambers Traditional Oil Finish. 

I prepped the barrel to remove factory marks, did some draw filing then 220 grit, 320 grit.  Also tried a 3M scotch pad (brown color) made for metal,  a little steel wool and finely some 800 grit wet dry sand paper.  In other words tried about every thing I had.  Very Happy


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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 18th 2017, 1:39 pm

Keep the pictures coming Joe, your doing good.... :rtup

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 20th 2017, 8:22 am

Update:
After the Laurel Mountain Forge - Nut Brown stain was applied:
- I started applying Formby's Traditional Tung Oil finish.  I just applied my second coat this morning.  I'll see what it looks like after about 4 or 5 coats to get it good and sealed.  Drying time is 24 hours for each coat. Then I'll rub in a good coat of Renaissance brand wax. 
- I cold-blued the barrel yesterday.  I applied 3 treatments with Hoppe's #9 Gun Bluing kit.  I debated on brown or blue but blue won out.
- I also started polishing the brass

I looked over Jon's tutorial on polishing the lock parts.  I have the lock completely disassembled so it's a perfect time to do that.  The bad thing....I think I forgot how to put the lock back together again.   Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 20th 2017, 8:39 am

"The bad thing....I think I forgot how to put the lock back together again.   "




I do that all the time. I'm real good at disassembling things but my reverse gear has a missing cog.

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 20th 2017, 11:15 am

@patocazador wrote:
"The bad thing....I think I forgot how to put the lock back together again.   "

I do that all the time. I'm real good at disassembling things but my reverse gear has a missing cog.
Don't feel bad, I do the same thing with putting on my shoes. Mad  pale   headslap

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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 21st 2017, 1:11 pm

There's an old saying " It's a "novice" rifle builder's prerogative to change his mind" I changed my mind from bluing the barrel and small parts to "rust browning".  I'm using Laurel Mountain Forge "Barrel Brown and Degreaser".  I decided things are looking pretty good as long as I'm wearing my "Solar Eclipse" glasses.   Very Happy



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PostSubject: Re: Build #1 Isaac Haines - COMPLETED   August 21st 2017, 2:35 pm

[quote="Smokin' Joe"] I decided things are looking pretty good as long as I'm wearing my "Solar Eclipse" glasses.   Very Happy


I was trying to load a 3-yr old bull to take to the sale and he was butting and kicking and trying to bust out of the trailer. The eclipse started and everything got semi-dim like before a thunderstorm and he quieted right down. We only had an 83% eclipse here but it was enough.

I just got back and when the sun got bright again he started raising hell again. The handlers at the market had to climb the wall when he came out of the trailer.  :Hide  I've just got one bull left to sell and he weighs ~ 1300-1400 lbs. I'm going to have to wait for a cowboy with a better trailer to get him to the sale. I'm too old for this crap!

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