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    American long rifle build

    I got this American long rifle kit from a guy who brought it off another guy who started it and made a huge mess of the most important inletting areas

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    Let's just say he made some howling mistakes

    Anyway it's a 50 cal slow twist 42" long full curly maple stocked rifle

    I'm just carrying on with the build and solving the problems as I go

    Made a flash hole liner from a HT bolt
    I bodged it together to out a few shots through it

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    Then I dropped working on it for a couple of weeks

    Now I have fitted the brass butt plate
    And salvaged some wood to fill the gaps around the lock

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    Fitted the stock tie plate

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    Bedded and released the tang in clear epoxy to tidy up that mess

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    Fitted the back loading rod pipe . Tricky !

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    Stripped the lock so I can build in some support where it was overly inletted !
    Then I will re assemble the lock and fit it and remove just enough to work and leave enough to correctly support the lock

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    Once that is sorted I need to relocate the trigger plate to get proper engagement with the double bar single and double set system

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    Muzzle cap is fitted to the stock
    Another tricky job and not made any easier by a long split in the very end of the Stock
    This cap and some bedding under it should stop the crack from migrating
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    Then I laid out the next job
    Locations of the last 2 loading rod pipes and the three barrel key tennons that need to be dovetailed into the under side of the barrel

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    Cool project.
    Where does one get one of these kits?
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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    Cool project.
    Where does one get one of these kits?
    https://youtu.be/YcCRTRJWR8I
    I had one of these ordered..54 cal smoothbore/28 guage shot.police import license, set to be shipped just after March 15.
    Jim emailed me to say USPS had received notice from NZ POS that any firearms shipments would be turned back at shippers cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by madjon_ View Post
    https://youtu.be/YcCRTRJWR8I
    I had one of these ordered..54 cal smoothbore/28 guage shot.police import license, set to be shipped just after March 15.
    Jim emailed me to say USPS had received notice from NZ POS that any firearms shipments would be turned back at shippers cost.
    Its probably pretty easy now @madjon
    The Americans don't consider these to be firearms in the context of export etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    Cool project.
    Where does one get one of these kits?
    @vietnamcam Track of the Wolf has heaps of them
    There are plenty of businesses in USA doing them and they are very comprehensive kits
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    All the pipes are in
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    What a bonus.
    It was supposed to be 28║ today so I stayed home
    Turns out it was much cooler and I got in some quality workshop time

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    That is coming along well!
    "Sixty percent of the time,it works every time"

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    Quote Originally Posted by madjon_ View Post
    https://youtu.be/YcCRTRJWR8I
    I had one of these ordered..54 cal smoothbore/28 guage shot.police import license, set to be shipped just after March 15.
    Jim emailed me to say USPS had received notice from NZ POS that any firearms shipments would be turned back at shippers cost.
    I could shoot my eye out with that.
    Would need to weld half a safe on top of the one I have.....shit its long!
    Be a cool project tho.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    I could shoot my eye out with that.
    Would need to weld half a safe on top of the one I have.....shit its long!
    Be a cool project tho.

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    @vietnancam they do short ( children's) ones also

    42" is quite a barrel
    Stupid long with full stock and very thin for most of that
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    Finally had a day off and spent a little time on the ALR after cleaning up the workshop and doing my chores

    Re inletted the lock into the bedding block I had epoxied into the lock where the previous owner tried the job
    Re positioned the trigger plate so that the double set double bar trigger works both as a single trigger and double set trigger
    The brass trigger guard will mostly cover the mistakes made at both ends of the trigger plate inletting done previously

    Just need to for the lock bolts and trigger mounting screws I I can have a proper play again

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    Afternoon in workshop
    Fitted both lock bolts
    Rear one is through the breech plug / tang so lots of measure and check before drilling
    Front one has a tiny space to fit in under the barrel and above the loading rod hole

    Fitted the double set trigger and have both single and double pulls working well

    So I glued on the sights and split some firewood old style

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    Just cleaned the barrel and certainly nice being a new barrel

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    Made four brass escutchions for the lock screw heads to sit in
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    Fitted them in the milling machine finding the centers and cutting the rebate with a 12mm end mill
    Nice tight fit and file and sand down flush with the stock
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    used the surface grinder to thin down the barrel tennons to a 1.2mm base thickness
    And milled the first barrel tennon rebate

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    And hand fitted the dovetail edges with a dead edge 3 corner file
    Marked the tennon and barrel so the correct tennon goes in the rebate and the right way around
    They will all be unique to a location

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    Two more to fit and then on to milling in the rear sight
    And then I have to make a front sight from scratch because the glue failed that I was using to test the rifle and I have miss placed ( lost temporarily ) the front sight !!

    Oh well the front sight was cast iron and didn't show up so well
    Might whittle one out of brass

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    Everything is installed properly now except for the trigger guard which was not big enough for the double set triggers ... and didn't like me trying to modify the shape

    Front sight will do for now and is maybe a little thin. But is bright enough

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    Rear sight looks good and I will play with the sight notch once I have a wider front sight on. It's installed just behind the balance point because you mostly hold these one handed because they are a bit long for slinging over the shoulder

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    There is a lot of hardware attached to that tiny long thin piece of wood.

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