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FrontierGander
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PostSubject: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyFebruary 9th 2019, 3:19 pm

Finally was able to get to this CVA Hawken .54cal that both my dad and I built for my brother a number of years ago. The muzzle was always super sharp and squared off so that loading a patched round ball was... well.... a REAL pain in the ass. It was so squared off that it would cut the patch when loading it up.

You can see how terrible that crown was, just completely square, no nice taper to ease strain at the muzzle while loading.
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I broke out the coning tool and supplies and went to work. I did use a power drill this time, but was very careful with it. You can do a lot of damage with its power and weight.
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A little lubricating oil helps keep the shavings at the top. Anything else that drops down, will hit the oiled bore and patch that surrounds the jag. The point behind the jag is to center the coning device.
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Finished project, just needs to have around 50 shots put down range with some shoot out patch lube & bore enhancer and she will be set. In the end, I can take a .530" round ball and a .020" patch, place it over the muzzle and with my thumb and a little wrist muscle, push the ball almost flush with the muzzle. I don't want it to load super easy, just enough to eliminate the need of a short starter and most importantly, keep the patch from being cut at the muzzle.
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PostSubject: Re: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyFebruary 10th 2019, 6:57 am

Nice DIY work.  What grit sand paper using that power tool Question
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PostSubject: Re: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyFebruary 10th 2019, 10:31 am

I started with 100 grit then worked to 150-220-300-400 and 600 grit.
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PostSubject: Re: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyFebruary 19th 2019, 3:27 pm

Just an update on the accuracy!

50 yards, 3 shots on the right are with lubed hunting patches and the 3 on the left are with a wet lube shooting patch.
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PostSubject: Re: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyFebruary 19th 2019, 7:04 pm

Nothing wrong with that target !
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PostSubject: Re: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyFebruary 20th 2019, 6:33 am

May I ask where you obtained the conning tool and supplies?  Thank you!
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PostSubject: Re: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyApril 13th 2019, 4:35 pm

Well hell! 90gr 3fg Goex shots beautifully in this rifle today! All patches came out looking excellent. Then I switched over to 80gr Black MZ and darn near out shot the goex group! Zero torn or cut patches! I am happy with the outcome from the muzzle coning. After seeing more results on the range, I think I took care of the cut patch issue.
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PostSubject: Re: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyApril 13th 2019, 6:56 pm

Where did you get your coning tool ? I had a old one made by a friend years ago and like a dummy I loaned it out and havent seen it since . I like the length of yours much better then one I used to own .

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CVA 50 cal Mountain Rifle         Pedersoli Quigley 45/70          Pedratti  45/90  sharps                             
CVA 50 cal Mountain Pistol        Pedersoli Quigley 45/120        Lyman Great Plains 54 cal Flintlock
2 CVA 45 cal  Kentucky Rifles    Pedersoli Kodiak Safari 72 cal  Pietta 1858 Remington New Army 44 cal
Cabelas 58 cal Hawken             Colt Navy 36 cal                     Pietta 1863 Remington pocket rev 31 cal
Pedersoli Kodiak 58 cal             CVA 58 Cal. Mountain Rifle      Classic Arms Co 44 Cal New Orleans Ace
CVA 45 Cal Derringer               TC Renegade 54cal                 Navy Arms Co. Pietta 12 gauge double
Pedersoli 12 gauge double        Traditions Crockett 32 cal        2 Traditions Mountain Rifles 50 cal
Pietta 1851 Conf Navy 44
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PostSubject: Re: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyApril 14th 2019, 12:02 am

Wish coning tools weren't quite so pricey. I only need it for one rifle.
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PostSubject: Re: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyApril 14th 2019, 1:37 pm

I made a coming tool out of a wooden closet peg. You know the ones that have a 3/8 section that glues into a 3/8 hole then flares out and tapers back down with a nub on the end to hang  coats etc on. Just cut the nub off and you end up with a wooden tapered peg. Wrap it with sand paper and go slow and carefully and you’ll be fine. I coned a few barrels with it and they all came out well with no cut patches.
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PostSubject: Re: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyApril 14th 2019, 1:38 pm

It won’t have the jag to help center the cone , but if you go slow and keep it square, you’ll be alright
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PostSubject: Re: Working on a CVA Hawken   Working on a CVA Hawken EmptyApril 14th 2019, 1:50 pm

The one I used to have was brass but it never had a centering cone either .I did same thing just went slow and careful .

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CVA 50 cal Mountain Rifle         Pedersoli Quigley 45/70          Pedratti  45/90  sharps                             
CVA 50 cal Mountain Pistol        Pedersoli Quigley 45/120        Lyman Great Plains 54 cal Flintlock
2 CVA 45 cal  Kentucky Rifles    Pedersoli Kodiak Safari 72 cal  Pietta 1858 Remington New Army 44 cal
Cabelas 58 cal Hawken             Colt Navy 36 cal                     Pietta 1863 Remington pocket rev 31 cal
Pedersoli Kodiak 58 cal             CVA 58 Cal. Mountain Rifle      Classic Arms Co 44 Cal New Orleans Ace
CVA 45 Cal Derringer               TC Renegade 54cal                 Navy Arms Co. Pietta 12 gauge double
Pedersoli 12 gauge double        Traditions Crockett 32 cal        2 Traditions Mountain Rifles 50 cal
Pietta 1851 Conf Navy 44
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