I got the bores cleaned up and fitted the barrels to the tang. Now the tang and barrel and setting up in JB weld until the morning. Also fit the nose cap and trigger guard to the stock. Just had to drill holes for them is all, but its slowly coming tomorrow. Now if some darn parts would arrive!
Best part of this St.Louis Hawken is the fact shes a SLOW twist!!
Also came with the original box and the warranty/how to build, manual.
CVA St.Louis Hawken with combo .50cal - .54cal 1:66 slow twist barrels! Bores are perfect inside and out. They will get browned. I have an assortment of new parts I am adding on, along with a new stain and finish to try out. I'll put her to bed tonight and let her set up and tomorrow, Break the barrel and tang loose and see how she came out.
folks dont realize the weak spots on a hooked breech system. I fully bed the tang, trigger plate and forward section of the barrel for a rock solid fit and so metal doesnt pull up into soft wood. Just a typical bedding job found mostly on centerfires and not sidelocks.
I turn the heat up in the bathroom and run the shower on hot until the mirror has a slight fog and then cut the shower off. Its a lot slower this way, 3 to 4 days worth every 5-6 hours, but it comes out a dark chocolate brown. I used Laurel Mountain Forge browning solution.
Progress is going awesome! I am finding myself actually humming as I file and sand. For some reason this one just feels special and enjoyable to work on. The JB Weld bedding job came out great, a nice rock solid bed for the tang and barrel to sit in.
Some more progress. The cheek piece is always the worse part and thats when the whistling and humming turns to swearing LOL. My horse file took it down quickly but I had to swap over to a wooden dowel with 100grit sand paper around it to get it nice and smooth. Still have plenty of sanding to do in that area but I like to knock down the slow depressing stuff first and then move on LOL.