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Offline Gun Doc

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upcoming trade rifle project
« on: March 19, 2017, 07:57:31 am »
I made it home this weekend and decided to do a little inventory on an upcoming project that I've been slowly gathering parts for in the last few years.  The plan is to build a Henry Lehman style trade rifle.  I have a .54 cal rice barrel, 42" long and 1" across the flats.  Jim chambers double set trigger, I don't remember who made the lock but it's not a cheap jukar, a few miscellaneous other parts and a really nice curly maple stock blank.  I have a few more things to acquire  but I'm getting there.  A few issues that I noticed ...the lock does not have a fly.  That's a bit of a problem with the double set trigger that i have.  The stock has a worm hole right where the first barrel tenon will need to be.  I can fill it fine, but since the trade rifles were mostly unadorned  if I stick to the authentic look there won't be any escutcheon's to cover the repair.  I'll cross that bridge when I get to it.  The last issue is that the stock was intended for a lefty.  I'm reasonably sure that there is still enough material for a right handed cheek piece, but it's gonna be tight.  Hopefully I will get a few more items for the build in the next month or two, but this is the starting point.  Josh
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Re: upcoming trade rifle project
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2017, 08:00:48 am »
Here's the worm hole in the stock.  The little booger really did some excavating in there.  I have several options to fill it, but making it unnoticeable will be a problem.  Josh
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« Reply #2 on: March 19, 2017, 08:18:55 am »
That stock will look awesome.  I kind of like the worm hole.  I'd leave it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 19, 2017, 08:20:13 am »
Very cool Josh, I'm looking forward to seeing it finished up.  Yeah, that stock is beautiful!
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« Reply #4 on: March 19, 2017, 10:35:12 am »
Good looking start Josh.  I was wondering will the trigger guard be big enough for the double set triggers?
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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2017, 12:01:49 pm »
I'm looking forward to watching this.
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« Reply #6 on: March 19, 2017, 06:24:32 pm »
That's going to be a beauty.

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Re: upcoming trade rifle project
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2017, 06:05:55 am »
Good looking start Josh.  I was wondering will the trigger guard be big enough for the double set triggers?
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No it isn't big enough Bill.  I'll have to get a single trigger for this lock anyway   I'll save the the double set trigger for a lefthanded kentucky I'll be building my son in a few years.  The stock blank that I have for that is even tighter curl than this one, but without the bug damage.

Thanks for the comments and interest fellas.  This will by no means be a fast build.  As usual money and time is short, but I will try to update as I go.  Josh
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2017, 01:21:40 am »
Trade Guns are My favs ! Everyday Common Mans Gun - Bob.
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Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: upcoming trade rifle project
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2017, 06:15:22 am »
I would use a piece of the left hand cheek piece to fill the worm hole, you should be able to make it disappear.

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Re: upcoming trade rifle project
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2017, 12:42:51 pm »
If it was me, I'd fill the hole with turquoise filler or something similar to make it pop and have some personality  ;D excited to see it finished!

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« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2017, 03:32:46 pm »
If it was me, I'd fill the hole with turquoise filler or something similar to make it pop and have some personality  ;D excited to see it finished!

The turquoise wouldn't fit the Trade Gun style. watching this one, Josh.
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Re: upcoming trade rifle project
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2017, 03:35:42 pm »
You don't want to fill the hole with anything that would draw attention to it.

Just cut you a piece with matching stripes, square up your hole into a narrow rectangle, make your patch a bit wedge shaped so it will fill the hole tightly as you push it in. All you need to fill is the outside surface with a tight plug. The inside can be filled with superglue and sawdust.

After your glue sets you can bring the extra plug wood down to the forestock contour.

I have plugged three bad places like this lately. I give them a touch-up with an artists brush and leather dye if they don't match just right after the finish is applied.

Here is one that chipped a huge hole out when I put a pin in for the trigger guard. After I got it patched you won't see it unless I point it out.


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Re: upcoming trade rifle project
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2017, 06:42:02 pm »
That is the most obvious and sensible solution Eric.  Thank you Sir.  It'll be a while longer now before I start back on it.  Lightning fried a bunch of stuff at the house including our well pump.  This is gonna break me for awhile.  Thank you for the interest and comments.  Josh
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