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PostSubject: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   August 11th 2015, 7:43 pm




This one came in about 4-5 days ago, It will be Hawken #11 that gets my special treatment like all the others before her.

Its a .50cal and 1" barrel width. My past experience leads me to believe its a 1:66 twist as the 1:48 I've yet to find in the larger 1" width barrel. I'll be cleaning up the bore here in a bit, but so far the rifling is perfect as its an unbuilt kit. Trigger I already polished, Lock REALLY needs a polishing, its pretty gritty and I can see why with rough textured sear and tumbler. No biggy, an hour of work will get it almost like glass.

I'll work on the barrel flats tonight and prep for browning. I normally brown after I get the dovetails recut for the larger 3/8" dovetail sights.


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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   August 13th 2015, 3:48 am

I liked that acid etched look you did on one of your barrels before
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   October 23rd 2015, 2:45 pm

Tang and barrel channel are all bedded. Just waiting on the trigger to set up.


Fedex dropped off all the supplies, so I'll get the dovetail cut for the front sight and size the rear sight as well. I normally use an elevator sight but wanted to go with the cva mountain rifle sight instead so all you have to do is use that little adjustment screw for up and down adjustments.

Tonight I should have the trigger all finished and then I can start fine sanding.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   October 23rd 2015, 4:44 pm

Do you cut your own dovetails or have it done? If you cut them, a  video or photo primer on the fine points would be appreciated like where to place it, initial cuts, size and type of files used, etc.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   October 23rd 2015, 4:55 pm

mine are precut but because they are spanish, its not a standard 3/8" dovetail and so I have to really get on it to open it up.

I have some info in a booklet I can take a copy of and post. Its how I learned actually. You'll sweat your nuts off the first time doing it.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   October 23rd 2015, 5:02 pm

Just enlarging one with a modified triangular file is a pain. I got carried away with my first one and had to get an oversized sight made out of bar stock.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   October 23rd 2015, 5:35 pm

hack saw, turn sideways, start at the corner and work your way toward the middle and then do the other side. Clean up with a triangle file. Works great for me, but tape the crap out of the barrel to avoid scratches when the blade slips!

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   October 31st 2015, 11:58 am

Well, I have the stock all finished up, just waiting on some stuff to dry. I had antiqued the wrong nose cap so when i put it on, there was a lot of material hanging around the stock. Looked through my bag of parts and sure enough, just grabbed the wrong one. Antiquing that one now.

I was going to do a gloss finish with truoil, but after antiquing the parts and making the stock a very dark brown, I decided that a nice classic semi gloss sheen would be better suited. I buffed the stock down with 0000 steel wool soaked in linseed oil to prevent deep cutting into the finish.

Have to take the tang into the shop and strip it,along with the elevator sight and get those browned up. Almost done!

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 1st 2015, 7:36 pm

well, shes a 1 in 66'er. I just did the measuring and finalized that deal. Will be a great round ball shooter for someone!

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 2nd 2015, 6:45 pm

Jon would you PM me with a price on that #11, I have a friend who is almost on the edge of buying a sidelock, but says he is having trouble finding one . Been telling about the ones you have been working this summer. Will show him the pictures of it this weekend. Thanks
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 2nd 2015, 9:47 pm

Because I have been buying for myself recently, I happen to know where to find a basic Traditions Kentucky long rifle in .50 calibre percussion cap for 200. The owner had two. I took the flintlock. Gunsamerica item number 918949689. His brother-in-law (deceased) made this one from a kit.

The owner is affable. The price is good. I am told mine is in route. (shrugs) I can not say anymore till it arrives. 
But, for the price, your friend can start basic? Maybe?

I am certain FrontierGander's will be nicer. But, if you are trying to entice your friend? Perhaps a low price will do the trick? 

The pic is what is said to be offered.





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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 2nd 2015, 9:50 pm

Hmmm... It occurs to me that I just may have been rude by posting this here. 
If so, I apologize Frontier Gander. I was trying to help. Take it down if I have 
over-stepped protocol? Thanks!

Will you add any inlay on the nicer one?

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 2nd 2015, 11:14 pm

lol its ok, I have buyers lined up as soon as I post them. Its crazy how fast they sell.

In a change up, I looked at it for 2 days and just had to do something different. I am adding 2 coats of hand rubbed low gloss tung oil just to help spice it up a bit and bring out the grain. I applied 1 coat so far and it really made a difference.

No inlays, I am not to handy at carving just yet LOL.

I have a traditions kentucky flinter as well. Love it! The one above is a good clean looking rifle. Needs a browned barrel though! The shooter will have a hell of a time with the heat waves on that shiny barrel. Maybe even hit it with some cold bluing and then buff it back for a worn finish look, but help cut glare down greatly.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 4th 2015, 2:52 pm

Thanks!

The rifle I referred to above arrived today. It appears to be in good condition. 
The wood looks great.

There is one exception that effects beauty more than anything. Along one side of the outer barrel, there is early stage, but noticeable, rust. Looks like long term simple neglect. 

I am treating it and rubbing it down. Anyone know of any 'magic spells' and/or treatments I should give it?

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 6th 2015, 7:21 pm

Just burn one to your taste their great old look to them
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 6th 2015, 11:15 pm

shes finished! Had to neck a pain injection in my neck today, so no pics right now. Tomorrow hopefully. Im really glad i hadded one rubbed finish of tung oil, added just enough "gloss" to pop the figure when you look into the wood.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 7th 2015, 3:45 pm






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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 7th 2015, 6:26 pm

Are these the photo you were talking about in the PM.
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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 7th 2015, 6:48 pm

Yes they are HD. I can get some better ones tomorrow if more is needed. We're at that time of year where the sun just doesnt allow for good clear pics like i normally get during the summer.

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PostSubject: Re: CVA Hawken .50cal #11   November 7th 2015, 7:10 pm

Ooooo! ... pretty... 

Nice pics, too.

Soooo... how much does that little lady go for? May one ask?

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