Blackpowder inspired me to do a build-a-long as well. I can't promise it'll be through..but, I will try to share my progress as I go.. I also want to compile all my pics and make a video slideshow of sorts maybe.
The build is going to be based on a J.P. Beck...as far as the parts and architecture at least. I've already deviated from true J.P. Beck rifles somewhat with the lock and barrel.
The stock is maple. It was precarved by Mark Wheland. I've compared it to specs taken from known J.P. Becks and it's spot on. It's more shaped than many. There's maybe...3/32-1/8" of "fat" to scrape off.
The lock is a Chamber's Deluxe Siler. The more appropriate lock for Becks is a Ditchburn or small siler. The stock was already inlet for a large siler.
The barrel is a Colerain 38" 20 gauge turkey choked barrel. It's swamped octagon to round. It's a bit shorter than barrels Beck used. In the turkey woods, it's a little handier. It has a tapered choke reamed into the bore. It starts as a 20ga (.62cal) and the last couple inches it tapers down to .58" effectively acting as a choke. My last Colerain turkey barrel was an honest 35yd turkey gun with nickel plated lead shot.
The furniture was all wax cast brass. It's cleaner than sand cast brass...but still takes a fair bit of work to clean up.
Trigger is a basic L&R single trigger.
I got started today...
Today I draw filed the octagon portion of the barrel. That was near 2 hours... I also have the buttplate return cleaned up. The return alone took about an hour. The rest shouldn't take as long.
Here's a couple pics of what I started with...
Not pictured is the ramrod and pipes....and anything else I forgot to order......lol. I have plenty to do so when I get close, I will place another order for whatever I forgot.
My goal is to have it finished prior to turkey season. Ideally by April. I'm planning to do a wooden patch box on it and hopefully some carving. I'd at least like to do the moldings and tang carving. Not sure if I'm ready for a cheek piece carving. I can't draw worth a dang...lol.
Tomorrow I'd like to get the tang shaped and inlet. Once the tang is in, I will install the barrel tennons and get the barrel pinned..finish inletting the lock, inlet the trigger, tang screw, trigger guard, buttplate and ramrod pipes. Something like that.