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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 28th 2012, 12:10 am

Yeah some of the screws that come with these repro guns are really crap ! I stripped two rear sight screws before they were snug....
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 28th 2012, 9:53 am

Coating them with paraffin helps going into wood.

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 28th 2012, 11:03 am

I normally coat the wood screws with wax but i stripped the one going into steel , without forcing them i might add !
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 28th 2012, 12:19 pm

they went in easy, some just snapped off barely getting into the wood. Brass sucks!
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 28th 2012, 12:24 pm

When insertning brass screws i normally drill a hole the size of the screws shank to ease intallation.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 29th 2012, 8:42 am

Jon is right. Brass screws are a dumb idea.

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 29th 2012, 10:02 am

Pete i don't know why they use brass furniture on the repro guns as the most of the originals used steel...?
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 29th 2012, 10:08 am

Especially, the Hawkens. Very few were made with any brass, and patch boxes were rare too. Special order stuff.

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 29th 2012, 10:23 am

All my original pommy guns have steel furniture as well
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 29th 2012, 10:47 am

leaves you with a real gut sinking feeling when you go to apply torque and SNAP! LOL. Luckily the patch box screws were steel!
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 29th 2012, 10:56 am

Know what you mean Jon , had that same feeling when changing out the rear sight on my Hawken and stripped the screws . Funny enough nothing happened to the thread in the holes , only stripped the male thread.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 29th 2012, 7:02 pm

Started using birchwood casey perma blue and its doing great so far! Its slow, but the more time you take to clean and buff the barrel after each coat, the better it looks! No streaking at all. Not sure yet how dark I will go, so only time will tell.
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 29th 2012, 11:01 pm

Rubbed back the black to a purdy very very dark gray/light black worn blued color. Came out very smooth. I think the streaks some folks have mentioned comes from the prep work on the steel. If there are deeper scratches here and there, thats going to show up through the color.

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 30th 2012, 12:22 am

Did you polish with steelwool Jon ?
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 30th 2012, 9:23 am

Picture is too dark to see. That's not like you.

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 30th 2012, 9:54 am

Maybe lost his flash....
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 30th 2012, 11:22 am

the flash made it look that way, i can get some better ones later.

Yes i used 0000 steel wool soaked in RIG and its purdy now lol
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 30th 2012, 1:12 pm

Yes the steelwool gives it that nice 'old' sheen
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 30th 2012, 1:18 pm

here we go, a nice dark grayish black finish. I like it, i even did the hammer to and then buffed it down. The lock plate might get this as well. Will decide once i have a finish on the stock.



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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 30th 2012, 1:21 pm

I read that more Hawkens were blued than browned. Not sure if it's true. It's hard to tell with most real Hawkens they are so beat up, but when they take off the barrels they can see the bluing on the covered areas.

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 30th 2012, 1:23 pm

they said they were mostly "browned" due to the rust from heavy use in the mountains.

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 30th 2012, 1:23 pm

That looks spiffy ! Like that lock with no stupid scrolling on it
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 30th 2012, 1:28 pm

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they said they were mostly "browned" due to the rust from heavy use in the mountains.


Truth is very few mountain men had Hawkens. The fur trade was about over when the Hawkens were in good supply. The majority were on the plains.

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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 30th 2012, 1:32 pm

I have heard that about the Hawkens as well
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PostSubject: Re: Hawken Project   December 31st 2012, 8:16 am

Looking real nice. Makes me want to buy a kit and mess around with one.
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