50 Cal Target Rifle


September 8, 2013, 03:50 PM
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This is a Target Rifle loosly based on the Caplocks in Ned Roberts Book,"The Muzzle Loading Caplock Rifle.Inspired by the Book I set about making something on those lines.

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September 8, 2013, 03:51 PM
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Another View.The Lock is an old Shotgun Lock,the rest is own made.The Barrel is Heavy duty Mild Steel Tube Rifled 1in20 using my Whitworth barrel as a guide.Proofed at the Birmingham Gun Barrel Proof House.

September 8, 2013, 04:09 PM

Had a chance to work with it yet?

What were your intentions on a projectile? Conicals, paper patched bullets?

September 8, 2013, 04:13 PM
You mentioned that it's been proofed. What is the max load for it?

September 8, 2013, 06:19 PM
8Grams Black Powder, 20 Grams Bullet.MAX.Or 123.46 Grains Black Powder.308.65 Grain Bullet.
At present shooting a 475Grain Hollow Base Paper Patched Bullet.70Grains Black Powder.

September 8, 2013, 06:42 PM
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This is a sketch of the Single set Trigger.

September 8, 2013, 06:50 PM
Wow. Wish I was blessed with your talent and knowledge. You have some very nice works.

Just curious did you pick up the knack for gun building from a relative or through job or just trial and error from years of patience and practice?

September 9, 2013, 02:02 AM
Got interested in Black Powder Guns during 1975,bought a Navy Arms Double 12 Bore Muzzle Loader.Joined a group who shot shot BP every first Sunday and got the bug.Since then I have at intervals embarked on projects that have become increasingly more ambitious.My background as a Fitter did help in the cutting shapeing hardening and tempering field.When I have tackled one complete build I pick out any mistakes and try to put them right.My first attempts where crude but in hindsight a good learning base.

September 9, 2013, 02:56 PM
That is a super nice rifle.

September 10, 2013, 02:11 AM
MattShlock, The adjustment Screw is for setting the single set trigger to a required let off.The trigger is pushed forwards to arm the trigger.If you see the heart shaped hole in the trigger blade and the spring bearing on the upper surface the trigger when pulled rides over the raised bit at the top of the hole,the blade rides up and smacks the sear bar on the Lock. The Trigger can be used also in the ordinary non set mode.It was proofed at the Birmingham Gunbarrel Proof House whilst I waited.The actual Proofing area is out of bounds to the public due to the massive loads involved.

September 10, 2013, 04:04 AM
I am thinking gun control laws in England are tough. Are BP guns easier to obtain and keep? Not trying to change thread. You seem to have a large collection and I was just curious how a BP weapon was classified.

Pete D.
September 10, 2013, 06:13 AM

September 10, 2013, 11:01 AM
RandyRay41,Breach loading Revolvers and Pistols are banned.Semi and full Auto Rifles are banned except .22Calibre.Bolt Action Rifles are allowed,all single shot Rifles are allowed.No Shotgun can have a barrel shorter than 14".All Black Powder Guns Pistols and Rifles are allowed.Certificates are needed for all Firearms.Reproduction Blackpowder firearms are treated within the law as certificated.Antique Firearms can be held with no license but must be added to the license if the Owner wishes to shoot them.Lots of shooting in the UK.

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