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No.3 Traditions St.Louis Hawken Build Complete

Discussion in 'Blackpowder' started by frontiergander, Feb 4, 2020.

  1. frontiergander

    frontiergander Member

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    Built this one for a friend of mine over the winter. Just went slow, enjoyed and took my time. I installed actual traditional sights ( not the plastic factory stuff ) a new Hotshot nipple & flash cup. Fully bedded the barrel and tang. She is rock solid!

    The stock has a 600 grit finish, 10 coats of genuine oil, light faux maple stripes. All steel was slow rust browned. Brass was buffed back with a 800 grit scuffing pad and will be allowed to age naturally.

    A hickory ramrod was also added to replace the factory derlin ramrod.
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  2. oxide80

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    Nice work!
     
  3. possumbelly220

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    Wow, the stripes look real! Excellent work!!
     
  4. TheOutlawKid

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    I couldnt hit the "like" button fast enough! Thats some lucky friend! Ya know...i think your hawken builds are some of the best ive seen. I really like ur brass tacked hawken you show sometimes on here. I will admit that im not a creative artful type...so im thinking im going to have to snag some ideas from your beautiful builds. Ever think about doing a video tutorial?
     
  5. TheOutlawKid

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    I actually really love how you brown your barrels...care to share your technique?
     
  6. dave951

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    I'm really liking that finish. I love a satin oil finish on a stock and properly browned barrel
     
  7. Armored farmer

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    That's beautiful, nice work!
    I like your finish on both wood and browned steel.
    The classic sights are a nice touch too.
     
  8. cowboydave

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    Looks really nice.
     
  9. alsaqr

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    That's a very nice rifle.
     
  10. frontiergander

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    For the stripes, I used laurel mountain forge walnut stain and used a very thin paint brush and did each stripe with about 4 to 6 coats. Once everything was dry, I gently buffed the stock with 0000 steel wool to help wash out the stripes so it looked more natural.

    For barrel browning, Laural mountain forge browning solution. I first prep the barrels with 220 grit, wipe the barrel down with denatured alcohol or MEK, wipe on a nice wet coat ( avoid runs ) Heat up the bathroom to around 80* and turn the shower on to build up humidity. Place the barrel at least 2 feet off the bathroom floor ( where the cold air is trapped ) Once the mirror has a nice light fog on it, I turn the shower off, close the bathroom door and walk away for a hour hours before turning the shower on again. Some folks take the barrel finish up to 320 grit, but because I like a thicker rust coating, I prefer to take it to just 220 grit.

    I did a write up on my blog about this, so there is a little more info here on browning a barrel. Normally I use my browning cabinet but because its so cold out, it just doesn't build up the humidity that's needed.
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  11. 1KPerDay

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    Wow. Awesome work! I love browned barrels and those stripes are the best “fake” ones I’ve seen!
     
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  12. frontiergander

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    This one IMO was probably the best yet when it comes to faux striping. This SOB took me close to 6 hours to complete the striping.
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  13. J-Bar

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    My hat is off in your direction!

    Most impressive.
     
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  14. bannockburn

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    Mighty nice work indeed! Both the wood and metal treatment on the Hawken are first rate!
     
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