|Project by woodrookieII||posted 03-07-2012 02:35 AM||2706 views||2 times favorited||14 comments|
This was by far the most difficult, mostly wood, project I have ever done.
I’ve been wanting one of these since I was a young man, a flintlock Kentucky long rifle. So I finally decided to make one. Easier said than done! 5 months after starting, it was ready to fire. This is not a wall hanger (even tho it’s hanging over the mantle), it’s a fully functioning black powder shooter.
This is not from a kit, but is constructed from individual pieces. With the hardest being the stock. The stock started life as a 65 inch long blank of curly maple, no inletting, nothing. Just blank. 3 and a half months later the stock was done!
After reading a book on rifle making about 20 times, I was ready to start. What you see is what I finished with. A 58 1/2”, mid 1700’s Lancaster inspired Kentucky flintlock. Siler lock, Davis double lever double set trigger, 42” .50 caliber Green Mountain barrel, all furniture is solid brass, ram rod is hickory. All iron was browned (controlled rusting) not blued and I’m letting the brass tarnish.
Interesting thing about these old rifles is that they are held together primarily with pins. The barrel is held in the stock with pins, the trigger guard, the thimbles for the ram rod are held in with pins. You can see them in the pictures.
The stain and finish is good old hand rubbed motor oil. I must admit that I am quite pleased with how the wood took the finish I selected.
Only concern is that I have 2 sons!!
Note to Mods: If this project is inappropriate, I will understand if you remove it…...rookieII