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My Handmade Muzzle Loader

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by 58limited, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. 58limited

    58limited Well-Known Member

    This is a handmade muzzle loader an older local gentleman gave to me. He made it back in the 1950s, the only thing he did not actually make is the percussion lock - he bought it in the rough and finished it. He drilled and rifled the barrel, made the brass patch box and a few other brass inset decorations. He designed a jig to cut the grooves for the rifling: 200 passes to cut each groove, there are six in this barrel. He started making these in the late 40s as a teen. Back then there were very limited parts sources and no kits. He had to make his own or try to find originals. It is .50 Cal, 1:66 twist and uses 60-70 grains of powder.



  2. Busyhands94

    Busyhands94 Well-Known Member

    WOW! That is outstanding! That's a rifle anyone would be proud to own, better hold onto it. :)
  3. brushhippie

    brushhippie Well-Known Member

    That is beautiful! Great gift!
  4. 58limited

    58limited Well-Known Member

    Thanks. This will never be sold in my lifetime. It is a great honor to be given this rifle, the maker has made about 20-25 in his life and has only given about 4 of them away. He has never sold one.
  5. Harrod

    Harrod Well-Known Member

    You sir had better start quacking, cuz you are one lucky duck! That is a beautiful piece, keep good care of it and I'm sure it will be with you for a good long while :)
  6. ivankerley

    ivankerley Well-Known Member


    thats beautiful, building something for the pure joy it brings to oneself or gifted to others is a very special thing.
    thanks for sharing the picts and the story
  7. 4v50 Gary

    4v50 Gary Moderator Staff Member

    Wow! He rifled the barrel himself? That's impressive.
  8. raa-7

    raa-7 Well-Known Member

    Very nice rifle,and one can tell that alot of thought went into making it. How awesome is that ! I would love to see the rifling process and tooling to make the barrels.If I only had a way to rifle barrels ! I really appreciate things that are home made.I made a bp pistol from scratch and to make it totally from scratch is a challenge.I know it was for me ! I will post a picture of it soon.But that rifle is so nice.I like how he raised the wood around the lock area and the enhancements around the stock,around the grip and butt areas and I can just say that it is truely a personal work effort put into it. My next will be a cap lock rifle,only this time I'm going to buy the lock and trigger ! Thanks for sharing it with us :D
  9. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    So..... how does it shoot?
  10. 58limited

    58limited Well-Known Member

    The rifle shoots fine, the shooter is out of practice. But, if I omit two flyers, the 10 shot group was 5" at 100 yards. With the flyers - 8".

    The gentleman who gave it to me hunted with it several times and shot a few deer with it. I hope to hunt with it too, but this year I want to hunt with my Shiloh Sharps (I will only get to go once and the Shiloh won out this year).
  11. Busyhands94

    Busyhands94 Well-Known Member

    I keep going back to this thread to look at the rifle, that's a gorgeous smoke pole! Still can't get over the fact the guy actually bored and rifled the barrel himself. That's just so darn cool! And you really don't see that kind of thing too often these days either.
  12. loose noose

    loose noose Well-Known Member

    58limited, that rifle is definately a keeper, I know of only one guy that has built some modern rifles from scratch and did his own rifling, in fact he is a master gunsmith and lives in Kingman, Arizona. I've seen his work and it simply amazes me.;)
  13. DoubleDeuce 1

    DoubleDeuce 1 Well-Known Member

    That is exceptionally cool! Keeper!!!:cool:
  14. rodinal220

    rodinal220 Well-Known Member

  15. nobody1369

    nobody1369 Well-Known Member

    Any idea the makers name? I have one that was built in west tx in 73
  16. 58limited

    58limited Well-Known Member

    I know the maker personally. We share the same interests (classic cars and guns) and he is a client at my clinic. He has lived in SE Texas all his life. I'm not going to post his name unless he gives me permission.
  17. Ryanxia

    Ryanxia Well-Known Member

    Very nice. Great furniture.
  18. nobody1369

    nobody1369 Well-Known Member

    Ok my rifle says J FISHER
  19. 58limited

    58limited Well-Known Member

    The name on mine is different. Have you posted pictures of yours? I'd like to see it.

    Thanks. That is known as 'The World's Most Comfortable Couch' among my friends and family. I can't lay on it and read without falling asleep.
  20. Mp7

    Mp7 Well-Known Member


    would be great if that gentleman would allow for some of his
    methods and findings to be documented, ... before ....

    So all of us can learn, how we could make such a thing of beauty
    in case we suddenly have 10yrs of time on our hands and nothing else to do.

    Outstanding piece.

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