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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-07-2015, 12:27 AM Thread Starter
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Kit gun question

Looking for a winter project and was thinking of building a new kit gun. I've built 2 T/C kits which were pretty nice and what I usually hunt with, a CVA kit which was junk, and a custom long gun, which is my baby. Has anybody built or seen one of the Traditions kits..? I was thinking of a Lyman Great Plains Rifle kit, or a Traditions Kentucky rifle kit. I know Lyman makes nice stuff, but how about Traditions? I'm only interested in a flinter. I really like the Pedersoli kits but don't really have the funds for one of them right now.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-07-2015, 12:44 AM
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Re: Kit gun question

I'm trying to build a Lyman 54 GPR. If it turns out it should be nice. Problem is me and wood do not agree. If I can't fix my mistake I'm going to have to get another stock and try again.
It's a little more work than I remember my TC Hawken being.
I wanted something different than 50 cal. I have 3.
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What's your mistake? I'm sure somebody here can help ya....

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-07-2015, 11:58 AM
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Well I think it started with a blank that had the screw hole that was misdrilled by the factory for the lock screw and there was wood missing where the bottom of the tang sat. Them I had to remove some wood in the barrel channel and took a little too much in spots.
There was also too much space under the top of the tang where it goes back on the top of the stock.
I used acraglass to fill all that in.
Unfortunately I got the tang locked in and cracked a thin piece of wood next to the lock. It looked like here was already a hair line their but I got it almost have it broke away. I put wood glue on it and clamped it yesterday.
I have to wait till later to see if it holds. I still have the gap for the misdrilled screw hole going left to right to hold the lock in.
I don't know if I should leave it, fill it it in with acraglass or try and drill it out bigger and put a piece of wooden dowel in it and redrill the hole through it.
It's a 3/16" hole now.
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So I waited 24 hours and my wood glue held.
I mixed up some more acraglass and lightly spread it over that area and filled in the gap where the screw went through the stock. I stuck the shaft of a drill bit in there with release agent so I'll see what happens tomorrow.
If I have anything built up too much at this point I should be able to get it lightly with a Dremel tool.
If it all holds together at least all this is not visible unless you disassemble it.
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Wood glue is amazing stuff! 2 six inch boards glued together are actually stronger than 1 twelve inch board!
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-08-2015, 10:54 AM
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Yea, but I worry about things like how many times I can shoot 90gr.2f + 230gr. Patched round ball before something comes apart. I probably will not feel comfortable until I get a 100 shots through it with out something breaking.
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