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Old January 23, 2024, 02:28 PM   #26
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I've got a coat of Tru Oil on it and it brought the figure back out. So far it's looking pretty good.

A couple of pics of the first oil coat. I figure about five more.




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Old January 24, 2024, 12:56 AM   #27
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When you use that stain you `lightly sand after.
The curlies and stripes are wavy grain. The stain hits side grain and end grain.
It penetrates the end grain deeper. Less deep on the side grain

So when you sand some of the "cinnamon"off you develop contrast and the stripes will jump out.

Can you find some scraps of curly maple for staining experiments?

Its been a long time...After sanding for contrast, I used a Feibling alcohol based leather dye . I don't recall the shade name but it MIGHT be Medium Gold.

Used test wood to develop just what you want.

The leather dye gives the light wood a warm glow. It can take a light,fine sanding

A red eraser makes a nice sanding block.

Please use some test wood to develop the finish. You want to know where you are going before you get there.
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OK,while I was writing you made a new post. You have already started with the oil.
I think additional staining is now questionable.



Its looking good!!

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Old January 24, 2024, 06:12 AM   #28
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Little too late for all of that. I put two coats of iron nitrate and burnished it with a piece of denim. It already has one coat of oil on it. I'll put another coat and sand it enough to break the gloss.
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I haven't updated this for awhile. Two problems. I had the ramrod fitting perfectly fitting before I stained and oiled it. I didn't get any stain or oil in the hole but now the ramrod doesn't fit. Not even the tapered steel tip will go in. I tried filing it down but realized there wasn't enough steel to file it down that far. So I'll work the other end down and let the tip show. The worst part tho is the lock. I didn't think a single trigger would have a fly but it did. I say did because I lost it. When I put the lock back together I tripped it out of the stock. Doing that it hit the half cock notch and broke the tip off of the sear. A retired master builder told me I could stone the tip and might be able to bend the tip of the spring to contact the frizzen but true to my nature I broke it. So now I have to get a new sear, spring and fly. I dis get it all together except for the ramrod and replacing the broken lock parts. Mistakes were made and I may fix some of them later on but probably won't.













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Old February 21, 2024, 07:25 PM   #30
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I like it.
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Old February 21, 2024, 08:45 PM   #31
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Looks great to me!
Might Kibler sell lock parts? I'd guess folks in the kit biz might.
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Old February 21, 2024, 08:52 PM   #32
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Looks great to me!
Might Kibler sell lock parts?
I'm pretty sure he does. I know he copied a chambers lock but I don't know if the parts interchange. I made mistskes and a few screwups but nothing that can't be fixed. I'm just tired of working on it.
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Old February 24, 2024, 09:27 AM   #33
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Have you re-drilled the ramrod hole? The wood swelled with the stain.
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Old February 24, 2024, 09:44 AM   #34
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I've got nothing to actually redrill it. I chucked the ramrod up in a drill and ran the metal tipped end down and got it in until it bottomed out. I worked it back and forth maybe ten times, I wasn't counting. It was still tight and I couldn't pull it back out without the drill. I chucked the metal tip up in the drill and ran the big end down until it bottomed out and then worked it back and forth. It fit better but it was still tight but at least I could pull it back out without the drill. I chucked the ramrod up in the drill and hit the tip and about 12 inches of rod with a coarse file. Then I hit it with a piece of coarse emery cloth and some 220 grit sandpaper. Now it fits like it should. I'm going to wait until I work up a load for it before I cut it off.
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Old February 24, 2024, 01:08 PM   #35
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Not unusual to have the ramrod too tight. Better than too loose, and you did the right thing. Nice looking rifle! When you smell the sulphur and put a ball through the black, you'll forget all the trials and tribulations.
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I dry sanded a once fitting ramrod to make it fit again. Dunno how much sanding you can do on that metal.
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