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  • "B" guage / 4 bore ?

    This is probably a stretch but I"m wondering if any of the "traditional" guys shoot the big stuff.
    I'm currently building a B guage that will be completed by next spring. Once you get this big a lot of folks shoot Blue Dot in this stuff and I'm looking for someone with experience, real experience. The I've done that kind! Once complete I'll post some pictures.

    Typically I hang out in the saltwater fishing section where I mostly pull chains and provide ridiculous entertainment. I promise not to do that here.
    Mike

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    I don't know anyone up here using them. In my youth I got to shoot an 8 gauge double rifle quite a bit, and that was eye-opening.

    Check with the folks at The Gun Works in Oregon. They build them and offer parts, so I bet they can put you in firsthand contact with some users.

    I'd also ask them about the Blue Dot. I'm leery as the dickens of smokeless in muzzleloaders due to the differences in pressure curve between smokeless and true black and the various subs.
    "Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good."
    Merle Haggard

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    • #3
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ID:	2482918Been awhile but some progress has been made! Regarding the Blue Dot question, there's information out there but you sure gotta look at a lot of stuff to find something useful!

      Now that the wood is moving along, it actually looks like something so I posted a picture so you can see where were going with this. 38 1/2 inch O.A.L, about 15lb.
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      • #4
        I though it was ill eagle to hunt with anything over a 10 Ga? Maybe I'm wrong. does that only apply to shotguns?
        Eccleasties 8:11 Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed quickly, There for the hearts of the sons of men among them are given fully to do evil.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by FurFishGame View Post
          I though it was ill eagle to hunt with anything over a 10 Ga? Maybe I'm wrong. does that only apply to shotguns?
          Yeah, that restriction is only for waterfowl.

          A couple of years back I got to handle a 4 gauge at The Gun Works. I was impressed! They're the source for 4 gauge round ball molds, BTW.
          "Lay in the weeds and wait, and when you get your chance to say something, say something good."
          Merle Haggard

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          • #6
            The lock is fully inlet at this point and I'm making the new hammer. The original on my lock simply would not reach the nipple, were talking 2 1/4 wide at that point.

            Probably not much more on this till winter now but then it will finish up rapidly. Building a trigger plate and guard will be the remaining items before the fun stuff. (wood finishing and bluing)

            Mike

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            • #7
              Good grief, man, that's a punt gun . . market waterfowlers used to mount them on oarlocks in the gunwales of their boats . .

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              • #8
                Definitely need an Elmer Fudd hat with that thing!
                Science has a rich history of proving itself wrong.

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                • #9
                  Possible info source

                  A guy named Cal Pappis is really into the big bore rifles. He has written several publications on them with lots of information on ammunition, tools and reloading specs. He is located in Willow and does the gun shows as far as I know. His website is his name.. give him a holler and I am sure he would be happy to talk with you.
                  Good luck.
                  Originally posted by Alasgun View Post
                  This is probably a stretch but I"m wondering if any of the "traditional" guys shoot the big stuff.
                  I'm currently building a B guage that will be completed by next spring. Once you get this big a lot of folks shoot Blue Dot in this stuff and I'm looking for someone with experience, real experience. The I've done that kind! Once complete I'll post some pictures.

                  Typically I hang out in the saltwater fishing section where I mostly pull chains and provide ridiculous entertainment. I promise not to do that here.
                  Mike

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                  • #10
                    minesqual progress?

                    Well, a little time was available this time home so I spent it wisely. The new picture is the net result of that time. When your trying to wrap a lock around a grip which is 6 3/4 inch circumfrence, you are challanged somewhat. I needed to make a suitable hammer and while I was at it, modify the lock internals to work with this big guy! The trigger group was completed as well and can be inlet next time, hopefully!

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                    • #11
                      Nice work Mike. It will be interesting to see the finnished gun.
                      You might just have to tape a pillow to your shoulder to shoot it though.:eek:
                      "The closer I get to nature the farther I am from idiots"

                      "Fishing and Hunting are only an addiction if you're trying to quit"

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ID:	2485515I was able to put in a little time on my project recently. Aproximately 80 more hours will be needed to complete the thing but for the first time it now holds itself "together". At this point if "I had some balls" I could fire the thing!

                        Right now all the metal is half polished and the wood is filthy from all the fitting. Once the metal polishing is done and I move to the checkering and wood finishing it will start to look like something!

                        Mike

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                        • #13
                          It's done!

                          I would be surprised to hear that you've all been holding your breath waiting for me to finish this thing! My next report will include how bad it hurt, how many teradactils it will shoot thru, how many shots it takes to generate a flinch, all the relevent stuff.

                          I doubt it will get shot (with a ball) this time home, but very soon we will be warming her up!

                          The photo session was done in failing light and will get redone ONCE it warms up.

                          Mike
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                          • #14
                            It's done (2)

                            Another couple shots, showing her belly and the lock.
                            Filius Tormentis - son of a cannon!
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                            • #15
                              Very nice work!

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