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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-12-2019, 01:32 AM Thread Starter
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I've been busy....

Usually I don't start a project till around this time of year....but tagging out on my buck opening day of archery left me with some time to get a head start.....on a pair of 58s. One being my first build from a plank.

Yesterday I finished inletting everything. Today I started the shaping.

58cal C weight 44" gain twist barrel made by Bobby Hoyt.
Chambers Dale Johnson Lock.
Castings and plank from Allen Martin.

Gives you an idea of what I started with.

That's where I ended on the day.

Here's a peak at the other....a Kibler Colonial.

With an absolute killer piece of wood. Has a couple spots of ambrosia but it's super hard wood. I don't think the stains will effect the end result much. Couldn't pass up that piece.

Bought the kit to help me shape my plank as the architecture is similar and I've never shaped a plank down...and, lots of people ask me to build them a gun....so, I will have it to part with it they have deep enough pockets...

I've been taking pics all along...just no time to upload and post. Figured I'd share a little incase anyone wondered where I was.....I've just been "in the basement..."
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Looking good!!

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Very nice!!
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Thatís really awesome !

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Yeah, you have been busy. Looks great so far. Keep the pics coming when you get the time. Like to see how you get on.

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Fine work, Mauser! And, that is one beautiful stock of curly maple! The finished product will be awesome!

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The wood on the Kibler is some of the finest I've ever seen. Super dense hard Norway maple. The ambrosia spots should finish fine. Might be a smidge darker than the rest...there's 3 little bug holes I will fill and they should hardly be noticable. I love the wood...super tight curl that turns into a crazy burl pattern. Should be a stunning piece when it's finished.

My plank build is more my taste. Big bold open curl. It's a hard sugar maple stick. My inlets are all nice. I just have to shape her down right and I should have me a real nice rifle. I got a little further on the butt stock yesterday. It's coming along. Forward of the lock won't take much and is there as "technical".

Then onto the details, carving and finishing of both. I still have a ways to go. The furniture isn't finished on either rifle. Lock needs filed on the Kibler too..

Hoping to get the sights and touch hole put in the plank build Sunday and hit the range with both during my days off if the weather is decent. I like to shoot my guns in the white and make sure all is sound before going further.

After I'm done shaping the plank, I am probably going to do everything else side by side. No reason to finish each gun separately. If I'm rusting steel I might as well rust it all...if I'm liking a stock I might as well oil 2.
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U have been busy.....

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Shes starting to take form keep up the good work.

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