I've got a kit that i've been holding for a while and i think it's about time to put it together.
It's a CVA 80% inlay. I've got two barrels: .50 and .54 that i was thinking of parking.
I have built/rebuilt other guns, BP included, but i don't know how well i can Masse the wood work. (it has never been my strong point)
And what collr would be good for the stock?
Any and all suggestions will be appreciated.
(oh, hey, i just thought of a new twist on my user name initials, RB=round ball. How 'bout it?)
I researched Revolution Era Flinters , There are certian traits "of a school" that some BP guys get into like 8 pointed star . Iron rather than Brass , Blah and Blah . The truth is every gun thru that era and later was handmade so you cant hardly blow it . It's very straight foward even if it isnt your strong suit . Personally I'd bob it somewhere cause most CVA's look a little funky w/ the brass stock conector . THAT is a "feature" I have never seen on origanals .
Turn it into an Indian Trade rifle , Tack it up . I know guys who will spend many hundereds of dollars on a Milatary musket then send it off to be steralized , all marking are removed except historical accurate ones . When the customer gets it back they will spray it w/ the hose . and leave it for a week or so in the backyard , one guy I used to know would drive his truck over the buttstock . Then you take it all apart clean the lock up , and try to get all the rust off . Good to Go .
BTW Rocklock is slang for Flintlock . I did order that revolutionary rifle custom made left handed , 8 point silver star , Rococo style carving , and a peice of curry maple that just wont quit in .36 .
I drove to Tenn. Christmas 82' to pick it up , and won the 84 Colo Flintlock title (Squirrel Rifle Div.)
Woodworking is not my strong suit either I made my required 5 in gunsmith school . Not too pretty I still have nightmares about an an Argintiena Mauser , cant even stand to look at them !
Round Ball it is !
Rocklock, sorry to dissapoint-this is a caplock kit. It looks like the TC hawken, only not as well executed: Half stock with brass hardware, brass thimbles, case-hardened lock, hooked breach, etc.
I was thinking or tiger stripe for the wood. I know its not era, but it looks so cool!
Don't think for a minute, however, that i am leaving the world of hitting rocks against metal. That's a perannial favorite of mine-there's nothing like hunting with a flinty in snow up to your asshole, with more falling. Seperates the men from people who just look like men. Talk about "fair chase"
But i digress, THIS is the gun i'm working on now.
Well that is good news that it doesnt have that Brass conector piece . There were Indian Trade Rifles in precussion although I think most Indians prefered flinters or a Henry ! Then there were all the convertions to precussion . How are you going to "tiger stripe it" I think I have some recipies for this (from an anceint Dixe gun works Catalog) when it is not naturaly curly maple .
I know that if it were mine what ever is brass would come off by removing the patch box lid and make it into a grease hole and yes leaving the brass plate in place . I'd bob the front of the stock to get rid of the brass entry point id gone...no brass (min) round it off to suit , and replace that TC Hawkins style rear sight from adjustibla to non ajustable Drift for windage file front sight "to fit" the other thing to consider is the finish I would polish the barrel or at least Brown it . Same/ same with the colorcase harding too . Just the color not the Hardness let it patina naturaly Barrel too . IF you have accesse to a Lathe you could make a Half Round /Half Octogone , use the rule of thirds for all "trimings" .
In short I would try to make it look as unCVA as possbile ,which you got a break cause you dont have the two piece stock model . I have some books that "could show you" how some things were done , Like Indian trade gun/ rifles w/ no buttplate because the Indians wanted to use it for other things . Those hawkin style Brass buttplate would have been taken and used as a hide scraper . Then file the Lenght of pull to what ever siuts you and just round it off . Creasent or shotgun style . You can easily file a new dove tail on the top flat OR rounded barrel . ANYWAY the one thing that there cant be a mistake by thinking there is a certian look . good luck RL
my thinking with going the tear (cut) it down and make it unique . none of my suggestions cost anything . And (No Offense) w/ CVA's being on the lower end of quality it might be just the type of quality an origanal . While "Improving it" would involve Upgrades , and after all it's still a CVA . Now if it were an old North Star kit , thats differant . RL also id go .54 if you are hunting but as you know thats just personal thing . Usually they use the same barrel blank for either caliber , so a .50 will wiegh MORE that a .54
I heard that one can do tiger stiping by one of two ways, both related. Wrap either rope or cannon fuse around the stock and light it up.
I concur that the CVA (shlocky) look should be avoided, but a Hawken is a Hawken. Even Plains rifles look a lot like a Hawken.
Browning the barrel is intriguing. I thought of Parkerizing because it is durable, but i am open to suggestions.
Is there no more?
Just me and Rocky?
Fine, be that way, see if i burn any charcoal with you guys!