Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by arcticap, Jun 14, 2020.
Hope all is well for you, sir!
It's all in the timing these days, and it depends upon if there is any supply at a certain time. It is all hit or miss within a small window.
The weather has improved so now I'm busy with spring chores - like getting the lawn mower maintenance done, etc. I've not had time to get back to endurance testing my handy work.
Couldn't hit much at 25yds with the camera on. Turning the camera off, hit all 6.
Thanks for the kind review.
If you seen anything I did wrong, left out or could have done differently, please leave a comment.
I often add the disclaimer that I do gunsmithing as a hobby and only work on my own guns.
Wooo! Awesome video mr.drobs! Thank you for taking the time to mention me doing the work! Hope you enjoy!
Ok, this is how I do it but please understand it's not "THE" way. After marking the depth of the ratchet recess, I scribe the safety slot (hammer installed obviously) if the slot is well off center, otherwise I center the drill and drill as far back as the "depth mark" allows. I do this by clamping the trigger guard (with frame attached of course) in a vice. I use a diamond rotary file to make a "punch" mark before I mount everything in the vice. Using a drill motor I drill and tap the hole. No real need to be super accurate with drilling because the post will be trimmed to fit the notch in the hammer.
I make the post by turning the threads off the shaft of the #6 X 32 SS screw (using drill motor and bench belt sander). I then leave about 3 threads showing and cut off the post. Degrease all threads and apply red locktite. When ready, I "eyeball" how much to shorten the post by installing the cylinder and taking a look and checking my progress a couple of times. Once the height is done use the hammer (still mounted) to see how much from each side of the post needs to be removed to fit the slot (this is where any "off center" drilling gets corrected). I use a cut off wheel to shorten and shave the sides for this step. When satisfied, I clean up the top and sides with a file.
Finally I use a small diameter cut off wheel to remove the material to allow the hammer to clear the installed post . . . being careful not to change the original slot in the hammer face.
This is also a good time to check hammer / nipple contact. With the cylinder in position try to push the cylinder forward with the hammer. If you can't, clean up the hammer slot where the arbor threads may be proud. If this won't allow cylinder movement, use marker on the inside forward curve of the hammer to show where material needs to be removed. You can stop when you get cylinder movement. I use a 1/2" sanding drum to dress the hammer when doing this procedure.
Hope this helps or gives you some ideas.
After posting I saw Outlaw Kid's post and just figured I would explain my use of #6 X 32 screws. Mainly, it comes down to strength. The 6 gives a large screw base as well as more material front to back after shaving the sides to fit the hammer slot. Remember, the post is stopping blowback with a cap hull as a "projectile" . . . which is another reason I like a screw-in post rather than it being staked in place like some folks do.
You're welcome my friend. Well deserved!
You are 100% correct about the paper cartridges. I load that way 99% of the time. Way faster and easier.
That is indeed my daughter. She's 16 and loves shooting the black powder guns. I have more footage from that day, where she is shooting the gun we built on that frame you sent me. I'll dig through it and find it. Here's a quick picture of the gun.
Being .36 caliber and having that short barrel, and having your Texas Tune on it, she really likes shooting it.
Yeah i remember we spoke about you wanting to build the smaller .36 for your teenage daughter...(for some reason i thought u said she was 12 or 13 years old and you were proud she was following your footsteps into the hobby)... And i wasnt sure if you got around to completing it. Glad you did and put that frame i sent to good use! One day hopefully my daughter will join me on the range too!
Very much worth the effort!! Im huge on loading with paper cartridges
They may have just what you need.
They also have an in house gun smith and parts for building muzzle loaders.
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