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Black Powder Pistol Kit Build Project....

Discussion in 'Maintenance & Gunsmithing' started by shibbershabber, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Here are some pics of a muzzleloader kit that I purchased from a NWFA member a while back.

    Got it completely unfinished, as seen in the pics... bare wood, raw brass, all metal in the white...

    Ive never done one of these before, but it wasnt too hard.

    Basic Steps:

    1. Assemble the gun, grind and sand where needed to get a good wood to metal fit

    2. Disassemble and begin finishing the various parts.

    3. I started with the stock, I sanded to 220 grit, added a light coat of stain & sanded again with 220. Once dry, I applied several coats of boiled linseed oil, buffing with 0000 steel wool between coats.

    4. The Brass took some work, sand with 220 and then to 320 grit. Buff with steel wool... then I used a Dremel with the buffing wheel and some compound.

    5. All steel parts were sanded to 320 & I applied Brownells Classic Rust Blue several times to get the right look.

    6. Reassemble and enjoy, I replaced the screws with brass screws. I liked the brass on brass of the trigger guard, but the contrast of brass on blue on the other areas. I also left the ramrod holder unfinished. I may blue it later but I like the look of it for now.

    For the rust bluing, this was my first finishing attempt using anything other than a rattle can. Well not my first, I practiced on a cheaper kit gun I bought (for sale now on NWFA).
    Its a pretty simple process. Basically sand the metal to no more than 320 grit, apply the solution, let it rust, boil it for several minutes, let it cool and then remove ('carding') the black rusty fuzz thats left behind and you can see the metal slowly turn that classic 'gun metal' color. It may take several times before it looks right. Its a slow process, but its a classic, durable finish that can be done without any special tools or equipment.

    PICS!

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    More pics can be found here...
    http://s1171.photobucket.com/user/zenbadger/slideshow/Plains Pistol
     
  2. ogre

    ogre Vancouver, WA Well-Known Member

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    That turned out very nice. How many times did you have to apply the rust solution and then card it to get that nice colour?
     
  3. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    It was 7 or 8 times I believe.

    There's another that I built, that's in the classifieds, it took in 4 applications. Not sure why, did it the same each time. Probably some metallurgical differences in sure.

    Can't wait to shoot it
     
  4. braxtonbabcock

    braxtonbabcock Wichita ks Member

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    Is it for sale?
     
  5. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Never.

    Never ever never even
     
  6. braxtonbabcock

    braxtonbabcock Wichita ks Member

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    Ok sorry
     
  7. Velzey

    Velzey Estacada, Oregon Gunsmith Gunsmith Bronze Vendor Bronze Supporter

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    Great JOB! Love seeing these when people take the time and do them proper! Looks great.:s0085:
     
  8. rick benjamin

    rick benjamin USA, Or, Damascus Secure the drama Silver Supporter 2016 Volunteer

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    Nice work!
     
  9. AndyinEverson

    AndyinEverson Everson, Wa. Well-Known Member

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    Very nice job.
    The best advice on building a gun that I have found , is to go slow and when frustrated go on to something else.
    Rust browning and case hardening / colouring are an art to themselves.
    Andy
     
  10. oli700

    oli700 Rogue Valley Well-Known Member

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    Nice Job !!
     
  11. orygun

    orygun West Linn Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Very, very nice.
    (I'd blue the ramrod holder, though):s0155:
     
  12. shibbershabber

    shibbershabber Vancouver Well-Known Member

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    Hahaha I still like it unfinished!

    It's been one of my favorite guns. Shooting blanks on 7/1 & 12/31 is a awesome.

    It's a great tool for non gun people... They can't resist it, get them to pop off a couple blanks and they're hooked.

    Accuracy with a patched ball is pretty good, not a target pistol, but man size targets at 25 feet are easy enough.

    Was a good, fun project I did with my son... Though he can barely shoot it
     
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