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The Accurate Rifle

Postby jbullard1 » Sun Sep 25, 2011 3:05 pm

I have been into Primitive Firearms for several years and by Primitive I mean Black Powder, Round balls with Patches and a Flint ignition system.
Two years ago I approached a good friend and historically accurate gunbuilder Steven Flanagan, with a plan to build a new rifle that is called "The Black-Smith Gun"
Most firearms from the period we portray at Hatchie Run have very long barrels 42-50 inches in varying calibers some are cap lock but 90% are Flinters
Well the Black Smith gun will serve 2 purposes
1. Creative use of salvaged mistakes
2. Short enough to use in a shooting house

So Here is the story of Marissa
Most all gunbuilders from before and in the 1700's and early 1800's had helpers and apprentices
So
While forging a barrel that should be 44 inchs,the apprentice made a miss-hit around the 35 inch mark, ruining the work so the barrel was scrapped
Then while in-letting the barrel channel for a 46 inch barrel there was a knot in the wood that broke the stock tip off at around 34 inches
The stock was thrown in the corner with the other scrap
A while later a poor man came in wanting a hunting rifle that was as cheap as possible and offered to work for the gun builder/ blacksmith in trade for the rifle
Jerry turned out to be a good worker so the blacksmith started digging through the scrap heap for the best stuff
The barrel was salvaged cut back to 32 inches, turned octagon to round, bored and rifled at 54 caliber
The nice piece of Maple was salvaged and the lock was inletted
The lock is the only imported piece of the build
The rest of the pieces were hand forged from scrap metal

All my muzzleloaders have a name and here is my Marissa's namesake Marissa.

She is a 22 year old beauty that is, ACTIVE NAVY, home on leave and came to camp with her mom and our very own Uncle Buck. She also can talk the talk and consume beverages like a TRUE Sailor
Marissa used Marissa to win the womans shoot at our club this weekend
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Now to some better pictures of "MY" Marissa
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And on a lighter note I asked/requested/made Marissa put the first scratch on the gun just a small M in front of the cheekpiece that will be the first of many to come.

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This is a hunting gun and will be taken care of: but wear and tear is going to happen, she will have stories to tell her shipmates when she goes back in service.
Thank You Marissa, Steven and all the good folks at camp It was a great time and helped in the healing process.
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby jv » Sun Sep 25, 2011 4:20 pm

jb thats a fine looking gun there...great pictures and story, glad you had a great time.
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby EddyBo » Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:08 pm

Glad you had a good time at camp. I love that old smoke pole.
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Sun Sep 25, 2011 5:10 pm

Great pics JB. ;) How's she shoot?
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby jbullard1 » Sun Sep 25, 2011 6:30 pm

quigleysharps4570 wrote:Great pics JB. ;) How's she shoot?

Just barely good enough for Marissa to win our women s event
I loved watching her shoot my gun and kick azz with it.
On the axe shoot she split 3 roundballs and broke 6 clay pigeons :2TU: :2TU:
The trigger is just great : accuracy is good and I haven't developed a load yet
I think this little short barreled hunting rifle is Blessed with talent
I just have to live up to Marissa's capabilities 8)
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby jbullard1 » Sun Sep 25, 2011 7:33 pm

EddyBo wrote:Glad you had a good time at camp. I love that old smoke pole.

Ebo
that smoke pole is way younger than us :rotflol: just saying
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:08 pm

Betting you'll be slaying a few deer with her before long. :thumbsup:
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby FireCloud » Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:19 pm

That is a very nice looking gun. And I think it would be a deadly deer rifle for use in any blind, shooting house, etc. due to it's nifty length. I sure like it a lot!
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:15 pm

Any stories on this rifle as of late JB?
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby jbullard1 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:42 pm

quigleysharps4570 wrote:Any stories on this rifle as of late JB?

Marissa is loaded with 75 gr fffg behind a patched round ball. I take her with me and CoCo on my morning walk hoping to see a deer.
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby quigleysharps4570 » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:18 pm

Hopefully it will see action before the end of the month. ;)
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby Ironwood » Fri Jan 20, 2012 6:26 pm

Jerry, great looking flinter! I know you like that .54 caliber. I hope you have lots of little dings and scratches... and a great story for each one of them. It looks like the first scratch was a good start and one you will be remembering for a long time.
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Re: The Accurate Rifle

Postby Spitfire » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:45 am

Indeed a very goog looking gun JB, made meat with her yet ?
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