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Old March 10, 2013, 10:00 PM   #26
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Nice work, Doc!
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Old March 10, 2013, 11:37 PM   #27
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The receiver and breechblock are already case hardened; trying to color them (which is what I assume you mean) will actually soften them.

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Old March 11, 2013, 06:01 AM   #28
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Two things

Bought a stock last night.

As regards the finish on the rifle I am thinking I will blue the whole thing, receiver and all.

I know....I know, the good looking case hardening on the recent TD replicas sure is pretty.

I like the rubbed metal on my present one. There was no collector value in the rifle at all and that will be true of the one I am building.

We shall see.
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Old March 11, 2013, 06:41 AM   #29
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You mean you're not going to sign it?
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Old March 11, 2013, 07:09 AM   #30
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I am not very good at signing.....

....Never had to learn it because none of my acquaintences are deaf.

Well, I do know one sign which I learned in the Navy but I haven't had to use it in a long time.

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......... ;o)

On the serious side....

I put the cam lock in the breach block last night.

Cam lock in the breach block

Cam lock in the breach block

Hmmm....That ryhmes

I grabbed my rifle, trusty, but I found that it was a trifle rusty.






Had to chase out the threads and make a screw

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Old March 11, 2013, 11:01 AM   #31
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Firing pin...

I made up a firing pin from a piece of hard steel round stock.



The actual pin is a drill bit shank driven into the body of the firing pin.

Also had to chase these threads as well and make a retaining screw for the firing pin.



Here is the pin at full extension.

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Old March 11, 2013, 11:02 AM   #32
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And here....

...Is the breach block completed.

I hope it works.

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Old March 11, 2013, 03:48 PM   #33
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Just picked up....

....A trigger assembly which includes the entire trigger guard and a trigger for 40.00 and a tang for 25.00 from Al Frasca.

Watching a lock and the extractor parts on the evil Bay.
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Old March 11, 2013, 06:24 PM   #34
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All us gun lovers understand.Make sure to show it off when its ready. HOGSHOOTER
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Old March 15, 2013, 03:16 PM   #35
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Got the stock and receiver

Bought the receiver froma guy on Gunbroker. He is a little haphazard when it comes to service. But the price was not bad at 40.00 for the condition which is dirty but excellent.



Nuther view



Everything fits as it should

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Old March 15, 2013, 03:19 PM   #36
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Some views of the stock

I am pretty sure this stock started life as a carbine stock



I picked up a tang from Al Frasca.



The stock is gong to need a lot of sanding.

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Old March 15, 2013, 03:22 PM   #37
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Old March 15, 2013, 03:31 PM   #38
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This is a much of the rifle as I have



Let me say a word about Al Frasca. This guy has a good quality website which he keeps up to date pretty well. http://www.trapdoorcollector.com/

This guy is very knowledgable. He has a good stock of parts. His prices are good and shipping is outstanding.

He is not afraid to hang on the phone and speak about the parts you need and the manner in which they fit. Good with advice.
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Old March 15, 2013, 03:33 PM   #39
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I have the H&R Officer model. My stock isn't much better. Yours has much more red cast. Are you going back to like new? I'd be afraid to take too much character away from it. That project is really coming along nicely. I must say I am amazed at how rapidly you gathered or made the bits.
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Old March 15, 2013, 03:42 PM   #40
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I gotta confess, Strafer

I have not yet decided what I want the final product to look like.

I thought about just smoothing it up a little and also thought about shining it up, bluing it and completely refinishing the stock.

I have a trigger and tang coming yet. Got my eyes on a lock.

Made a great deal on the hingepin, extractor, plunger and spring. Got it for about a third of what I was expecting to pay.

I'll keep posting photos as the project moved forward.
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Old March 15, 2013, 09:43 PM   #41
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Doc,

Wonderful project and photos. I just ordered a basket case one today in 50-70. I think your helpful photos have inspired me to get mine working.

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Old March 16, 2013, 06:02 AM   #42
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Very cool!

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Old March 16, 2013, 08:42 AM   #43
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Tidewater...

...I heartily recommend this guy Al Frasca if you get to needing parts.

Very interesting guy to talk to.

Be good to see some photos or your project as well.
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Old March 16, 2013, 08:56 AM   #44
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Doc,

Thanks I will keep that in mind. I will post pictures when it arrives. In the meantime keep up the good work!

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Old March 16, 2013, 11:03 AM   #45
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Doc, sand too much on that stock and the wood to metal fit will be atrocious.
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Old March 17, 2013, 07:27 PM   #46
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1884 with new barrel and stock.

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Old March 17, 2013, 08:30 PM   #47
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Archie...Beautimous!.....These trapdoors....

...enjoyed and continue to enjoy a great reputation among shooters but a terrible record with soldiers.

I can easily understand both sides.

I love mine but I would hate to rely upon it to try to kill folks who were angry at me. Especially with copper cartridges.
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Old March 18, 2013, 01:40 PM   #48
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'nother resource for parts

I found this site the other day - lots of parts (maybe a little high $$$)

http://www.trapdoors.com/index.php

Cool project! Good luck!
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Old March 19, 2013, 10:05 AM   #49
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Yes....

Spoke to him early on but have avoided him since that conversation.

Prices appear to be way out of line.
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Old March 27, 2013, 04:26 AM   #50
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Just received...

Hinge pin, Extractor plunger, extractor pin, and extractor. But the extractor is for a 50-70 and won't work in my rifle.

I spoke to Al Frasca and he has agreed to exchange it for one which is from a .45-70.

Also bought the triggerguard assembly and tang which has now arrived and the lock, carbine sight and barrel band which has not arrived yet.

I am going to try to make the saddle ring rail and the front sight.

This is almost starting to look like a rifle.
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