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 Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED

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PostSubject: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 27th 2017, 4:40 pm

This is my Jim Chambers Pennsylvania Fowler circa 1760 - 1770 parts kit:  20ga. (.62 cal.) smooth bore with a 46" octagon to round barrel.  (I started this Fowler in Jim Parker's muzzleloader class in Alabama.)  The rifle is essentially ready to make sparks.
Most all of the inletting is complete.  I still have plenty of stock shaping to a good to wood to metal fit, finishing,  rust browning of parts, brass polishing and a ram rod.  I'm still a novice and learning this trade.

I'll load pictures as progress is being made.


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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 27th 2017, 5:26 pm

Go, Joe, Go! Love watching what you're up to over there.

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 27th 2017, 5:30 pm

Colonel, when you get those Silver wire inlay skills perfected I'll send my guns over to you!  We'll then sell them and make millions!  60 / 40 split of course.   Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 28th 2017, 3:05 pm

Shocked

Millions? ... Should I use gold? Or, platinum?

The Bruckheimer Rifle by Clay Smith in silver and gold...

This was commissioned by the wife of producer Jerry Bruckheimer as a Christmas gift in 2009

Lordy, Joe that is a lot of pressure for a guy who is still in the middle of screwing up his first powder horn... 
Laughing Laughing Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 29th 2017, 6:16 am

Talk about pressure, I don't think my rifle will quite look like that.  :Hide  But it is good to have "lofty" goals.   Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 30th 2017, 10:11 am

Working on the barrel and stock.  Barrel is ready for browning.  The stock needs more shaping yet but it is coming along fine.





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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 30th 2017, 10:21 am

Looks like it will be a great build! Looking forward to seeing the final finish.
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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 30th 2017, 10:28 am

The inletting on the butt plate looks really difficult. You did an excellent job as far as I can see.

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 30th 2017, 10:48 am

Lots of hours of inletting, little by little.  In fact, I was completely surprised how much inletting there was to do.  I'm slow at it also.  Once you get it close,  than you hold the part you're inletting over a lit candle to get it black with soot.  Place the part in the inlet, the soot will transfer to the area that needs to be removed.  Long process which was all new to me.

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 30th 2017, 1:05 pm

You can use Prussian Blue too but it's messy. I bought 1 small tube at the auto parts store about 15 years ago. I still have 7/8ths of it. Also carbon black which is the same as soot.

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 31st 2017, 7:44 am

Bought me a new tool for carding my barrels between coats of rust-browning or rust bluing.  This one is the 4 - row baby-soft stainless steel wire carding wheel from Brownells.  Hopefully it will be easier now to get that nice satin finished look.

UPDATE!  Tried the wire wheel for carding my browned barrel.  It took some of the brown off.  I didn't have good control, couldn't keep from brushing the wheel too hard at times.  I found using a scrub brush with the plastic bristles, brushing the barrel very lightly worked fine for me.



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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 31st 2017, 1:22 pm

@Smokin' Joe wrote:
Bought me a new tool for carding my barrels between coats of rust-browning or rust bluing.  This one is the 4 - row baby-soft stainless steel wire carding wheel from Brownells.  Hopefully it will be easier now to get that nice satin finished look.








Ooo... nice.

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 31st 2017, 3:03 pm

Project is stopped "on again"! 

I made a rookie error today and installed the muzzle cap "crooked".  Not sure how to proceed.  Muzzle cap is Super Glued on so there's no removing it.  I'm very disappointed in myself.   Crying or Very sad Embarassed

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 31st 2017, 4:06 pm

Oh, no, Joe. 

You'll get it sorted. Try acetone. It breaks super glue down. Hopefully, 
it can get everywhere it needs to. Soak that puppy. I bet it will work.

And, I went looking at your new toy carding wheel at Brownells. 
They are now back ordered. You got the last one!

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 31st 2017, 4:58 pm

possibly lightly tap on it with a plastic hammer to loosen it. That super glue will give out eventually at some point.
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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   August 31st 2017, 4:59 pm

OK thanks!  I think I have it close.  I removed a little wood and squeezed the nose cap in my vise.  My "wife" came in the room and suggested it.   Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   September 5th 2017, 4:26 pm

Got a little more work done on the Fowler:  Have two coats of Formby's Tung Oil on the stock, waiting for the second coat to dry thoroughly overnight.  I'll put 3 or 4 more coats on it than see how it looks.  The stock is still soaking it up and looks pretty dry yet.  The barrel has been browned.  I put a couple of coats of Renaissance Wax polish on it.


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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   September 5th 2017, 5:19 pm

I like the color of that stock.  :rtup

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   September 6th 2017, 6:37 pm

@FrontierGander wrote:
possibly lightly tap on it with a plastic hammer to loosen it. That super glue will give out eventually at some point.

Good your wife told you what to do. I hate that when these woman are right, they never let you forget it.  Neutral

A friend used Brownells - ACRAGLAS® and didn't pay close attention to the release agent, ended up with barrel glassed into the barrel channel. He called to see if I was home, came over and we spent several hours getting the ACRAGLAS® to let loose. We warmed the barrel then ran outside and put the barrel and stock in the snow until cold. Then tapped on the barrel with a rawhide hammer then repeated the shock treatment for over 2 hours and finally success the barrel was free. A true sweat job as the gun belonged to a gal he was dating. She was happy with the end results then dumped his butt... Cool   scratch  Laughing   Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   September 9th 2017, 9:03 am

Pennsylvania Fowler complete!







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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   September 9th 2017, 11:30 am

What's next ??? Question

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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   September 9th 2017, 12:12 pm

Well Buck, I would like to build an English Gentleman's Sporting Rifle in .58 cal from Jim Chambers.  circa 1740-1750  (Available only in English Walnut)  I see some real challenges in regards to in-letting on this one.







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PostSubject: Re: Build #2 Pennsylvania Fowler - COMPLETED   September 9th 2017, 4:08 pm

That would be sweet Joe, your good enough that you'll knock it out in record time.

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