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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 07-12-2016, 12:19 AM Thread Starter
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Was awarded my doe tag for 2f this morning. Now getting anxious for the early muzzleloader season already. Hopefully I get the .50 cal Bedford on my bench done in time. Still have an estimated 30 hours of work to do and already 2 weeks behind on target finish date (did not get to touch it for the last 2 months). Well, if it is not ready, I still have the .45 cal Bedford that was my last build that still needs blooded and the .50 cal build will be ready for late flintlock

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Re: Getting anxious

same here, I'm about 6 months behind on my .62, but I will have it done. should have all the house projects done by the end of the week and that will free up my time.
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Re: Getting anxious

this thread needs pics!!! Good luck fellas just don't rush anything and screw anything up.

If an inline is just like a flintlock why don't you get a flintlock so you can hunt more seasons?
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Re: Getting anxious

goalscorer, here's a pic for you. Hopefully ready for early muzzleloader season this October. .50 cal Bedford

Have 8 inlays to do, some final incise carving to do once certain inlays are in, brown barrel and other metal parts, final polish brass, stain and finish wood, some other minor stuff, then put it all back together and head for the range then the woods. Then, order next build and start all over again


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Re: Getting anxious

The only reason I get a doe tag is for early ML, and I carry my Lyman in firearm season as well now. I'm way behind you guys in building, but am starting to gather the tool for a build. I'd like to start one over the winter.
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She looks like she is going to be a beaut.. Well done sir.

If an inline is just like a flintlock why don't you get a flintlock so you can hunt more seasons?
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Re: Getting anxious

Its always the case, season's approaching and you're behind the 8 ball. I was in your boat back in February. Had started my 20 gauge smoothbore in the hopes of having it ready for turkey season. Got nowhere near finished by then and had to settle for the single shot hammer gun. Don't sweat it, you will have it ready one day. Don't rush it just to get finished, you'll surely make mistakes. If the gun isn't ready in time, just take the fall back weapon out and next year you'll be using the flinter.

I only recently finished my smoothie, in time for dove season, and I can't wait to try it out on pheasants this year. Better late than never.
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No hurry. I have 3 more to pick from to use if this one is not ready.

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Well, after the Gunmakers Fair this past weekend, I'm motivated again to get off my butt and back on the work bench and the current rifle project. Got one of the nine inlays in last night. I'll get one done a night (takes 1-2 hours to do one). Should have the rifle done by the end of the month and hopefully on the range.

Already deciding on next project. As much as I'd like to do a Fowler, I still want to do another Bedford. This time in .36 cal in German Silver, then the Fowler. After that I've been eyeballing a Haines kit. Also been thinking of doing a western PA style caplock (being from the Pittsburgh area originally). Oh the possibilities and choices and the low balance in the "gun fund" haha. I figure after 2 more projects for myself, I may be able to part with and sell some in the future

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Getting there. Eight of the nine inlays are in. Just need to do the oval thumb piece, then can do final prep of wood for finishing.


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