Well gentlemen, the project is to build a 58 rifle specifically to shoot conicals.....and I could use your help and expertise in rendering decisions regarding components to choose. This will be a hunting rifle, not a dedicated target shooter.
Today the mailman delivered the barrel I just had made through Oregon Gun Works. Over a year ago I ordered a 58 cal barrel, 1 to 32 twist rifling, .007 deep rifling, 1 inch octagon shape, 34 inches long. This barrel came to me in the white with no dovetails cut for front or rear sights, no under lug and no dovetail cut for the barrel wedge pin. Oregon Barrel Works did install a 3/4 by 16 tpi Breach plug for percussion fire. Suffice to say I have a fair amount of work to do here.
At this early stage I still have a blank slate upon which to draw my portrait, so to speak.
Some decisions have been made. Obviously the gutz of the barrel is built as described above. I am planning on using a TC Renegade stock with Musket Cap ignition. The stock will use a Davis Deer Slayer double trigger system and a basic TC lock.
I have had built a set of mould blocks for a 585 grain Maxi-ball type of conical in 58 caliber. The barrrel was built specifically to spin these big conicals.
I am asking for advise on a set of sights for this rifle. I'd like a three stage sight system like the Pedersoli or the Lyman, which fold down utilizing three leaves of varing heights. Not sure if I'll use a fiber optic front site, a brass bead or a globe sight, but am leaning toward the fiber optic front site.
I'd like to use an oversized ram rod. I'm looking for a rod that will be stiff yet not brittle. The hardware on the ends of the ram rod should be threaded for the standard 10/24 thread that most muzzleloader accessories screw into but the opposite end of the ram rod I'll want to thread in (I think) 1/4 28 tpi which is what the shot gun bristle brushes screw into. The 58 cal swabs quite nicely using 20 gauge shot gun brushes.
As for the barrel I'd like to have the first inch at the muzzle over-bored to ease loading of the conical. My 58 TC Big Bore has this feature and it is a real asset to not need to use the short starter to load up. Looks like I'll need to figure out some means of crowning the barrel as well. Right now it's just a square cut.
I'll need to decide on bluing or browning finish. Open to suggestions here.
Any ideas out there you'd care to share if building your own dream rifle
I'd really like to build a custom stock out of fancy walnut for this rifle. My idea would be instead of using the bottom flat of the octagon barrel to locate one single underlug for the ram rod I'd like to use the two bottom 45 degree flats for two ram rods that could also be used as both ram rods & shooting sticks to aid in field accuracy. Of course this would require quite a wider wood stock. I am considering not using an underlug at all but rather mounting the brass hardware directly to the barrel. Since the barrel is 34 inches long I'd need to build an extra long underlug and frankly I don't see the need to merely add more weight to the muzzle end of the gun, (the barrel is pretty far "out there" already).
Am I missing anything?