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My Kentucky Long Rifle Build

Discussion in 'Rifle & Shotgun Discussion' started by druryj, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. druryj

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    The lock work is already color-case hardened. It comes to you that way in the kit. Oh, it's not the best example I've ever seen of color-case hardening, but then, we're talking about a $300 kit too. Not much I can do about it; it is what it is. (See other pics of it in Post #3 of this thread).

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    Thanks. I did a light coat with Feibings Dark Brown Leather Dye first, then let it dry overnight, then sanded it back down with 220 grit, leaving the dark color in the deeper, more open pores. Then I put 2 coats of Black Cherry on it. When dry, I #000 Steel wooled it, and applied a final coat of Red Sedona. Used MinWax Satin polyurethane for the top coat. I'll let that dry overnight and look at it in the morning. I might (probably will), put on a second coat of the Satin Poly, after hitting it lightly with #0000 Steel Wool again. Then if I'm satisfied with it, I'll assemble the rifle and take it out to the country to fire a shot to make sure all is well. Then after the laborious chore of cleaning the barrel, it's going above my living room fireplace. I need to make some kind of back-board to mount it on first...I have some vintage looking black cast iron hooks that will look good cradling the rifle.
     
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    Looks great!
     
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    Thanks. It's something to occupy my time, and to do besides sit around worrying about medical issues.
     
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    Joel, I hope you have enjoyed this project as much as I have enjoyed following your progress. You lit a fire in me, but I’m looking to go a little different route.

    I’d like to find a rifle or handgun that was built, shot, maybe not cared for as much as it should have been, and put away. I want to try to restore one instead of building one.

    So thank you for starting a new project in my mind.
     
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    Well, my intention was too build a fully functional one and shoot it once or twice just to check function, and then hang it over my Living Room fireplace. But these things are so much fun, give me a couple of months and I might have one that needs to be "restored", shall we say.
     
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    If you ever take up chewing tobacco, you can always do the old school stain on your next project. Buy a good tobacco twist or a plug and put it in quart or pint jar with ammonia and a little water, let it sit for month. Makes great stain on primitive projects, brings the grain out nicely. I've done a couple of self bows with it.
     
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    Thanks. Bet it has quite the aroma as well eh?
     
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    It goes away pretty quickly after it's applied. Pretty rank in the jar though.
     
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    Feller would need to be careful and not grab it thinking it was his ice tea.
     
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    Definitely, you'd smell it before it got to your face I'm pretty sure lol.
     
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