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For sale » 50lb Heavy Bench PRB Underhammer Rifle » 3/10/2021 2:03 PM

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Custom underhammer action of course.  Sealed ignition.  2" octagon x 44" long .54 cal H&H barrel with 1:72 twist and false muzzle.  Includes full benchrest and cover (wood frame/sheetmetal).  Shipping not extremely feasible but will travel to assist with delivery.  Unbelievably nice....as nice as any Ive ever seen.  Was unfired best i can tell when i got it and ive only used it as a hobby rifle and exhibitions.  Email/call/text for info and pictures.  I will be at York 2021 in case there's any interested parties....this rifle deserves shooting.

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Over the log » Needing Sights for my Son's Chunker » 5/10/2016 8:47 PM

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I had been talking to Robin about a couple sets (he made me a pyramid rear to replace the u notch Paul made me in the earlier picture for my big barrel) but haven't been able to reach him in a couple months.  I know he was swamped with the York shoot and hate to keep bugging him.

Over the log » Needing Sights for my Son's Chunker » 5/10/2016 5:11 PM

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The color pops in the sunlight but still more of a matte look....not flashy.  On my big underhammer barrel I used CeraKote (mixed machine blue and flat back) since it was too long for any local bluing tanks and it turned out nicely as well.  Indestructible finish too but to the passerby looks like an old rust-blued barrel.

Over the log » Needing Sights for my Son's Chunker » 5/10/2016 1:47 PM

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On another note, always wanted to do a color-case hardened underhammer action but couldn't stomach the price to have it done or labor to attempt it myself.  A friend at a local manufacturing facility asked me to let him try some electroplating techniques and it turned out like this....I kinda like it!  Flash copper plated with a zinc purifier....whatever that means  Seems really durable too.

Over the log » Needing Sights for my Son's Chunker » 5/10/2016 1:35 PM

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Building a chunker for my son and desperately needing sights.  It's a 1 1/8" roundbarrel gun and I'm wanting to install a hooded pin front (dovetail) with a bolt-on rear u-notch like Paul used to make (pic included) where the base matches the barrel contour.  I don't have the skill or equipment to build the rear and my local machinist wants a mint.  The front dovetail is already cut to 1/2" as well so that'll have to be custom too.  Any ideas?  

I built a mount for an old WIlliams peep that mounts to the action for some bench shooting on the side....so the rear has to be removable.





 

For sale » Bench gun » 6/10/2015 12:52 PM

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Over the log » Ready Set York » 3/27/2015 8:27 PM

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If anyone down at York is checking the site.....tell Mike I have his powder.  He was showing me how well it fit into his shooting box and I walked away with a nice box plus a pound of Swiss

Drove back over but he was packed up and MIA.  I'll have it back for him first thing in the am. Thanks.

Over the log » Chasing Point of Impact » 3/26/2015 11:55 AM

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Well if anyone gets to looking for me this weekend I'm the guy with a hot pink spotting target.  My printer just ran out of ink.....lucky me.  I will say I can see the shank of the pin against a hot pink background...ha ha ha.

As if my score won't be humiliating enough.

Over the log » Chasing Point of Impact » 3/25/2015 5:47 PM

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I honestly can't see the shaft that well and get more of a floating orb versus a pinhead on a stick.  I went to a light red outer circle to try and discern it better but still not great.  Thinking of painting the shaft to get a bit more size and visibility....but that will have to wait till after York.

Over the log » Chasing Point of Impact » 3/25/2015 5:17 PM

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Finally had enough dry time to get a few rounds in before York with the new gun.  The gun is quite capable....we'll see if the shooter shows up  My question is that about 5 shots in my group starts trailing left ever so slightly.  And by my final shots I'm hitting maybe an inch left of my initial spotter holes.  I know one should never chase an X but my results seem consistent.  I have no clue whether it's a barrel variation as it heats up, fouling, my eyes getting tired (still learning the pyramid), etc.....but I'm REALLY tempted to start scooting my scoring target left about half way through.  To chase or not to chase....there's the question.

I'm using one of Paul's .50 cal, 1.5"x52" barrels.  I will say I was scared of the pyramid as I thought I'd be scattering balls up and down.....but elevation has not been an issue (knocks wood).  Thanks.

Over the log » Ready Set York » 3/25/2015 1:40 PM

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Maybe if the wives supported our hobbies, girlfriends wouldn't be needed  And to any ladies on the boards (or my dearest wife in case she's snooping) I assure you I jest.

Can't wait till this weekend.....period correct is out the window though....I don't own a vintage parka.

Over the log » Nipple Selection on Paul's Spidermatic Underhammer Chunk Barrels » 3/21/2015 12:34 PM

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Found a nipple for a Walker revolver that is still #11 cap with a slightly longer shank and shorter cone.  Spot on perfect.  Improved the hammer contact geometry too without filing cone down.  5/16 nipple was too long in general.

Over the log » Nipple Selection on Paul's Spidermatic Underhammer Chunk Barrels » 3/14/2015 8:17 AM

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You know....a 5/16 with flash cup might be spot on!  I'd have to mod the cup a little with my hammer setup but doable.

Over the log » Nipple Selection on Paul's Spidermatic Underhammer Chunk Barrels » 3/13/2015 10:16 PM

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smokinbuck wrote:

A variety of nipple lengths are available and will not affect the hammer alignment, in most cases. If the threads project into the bore, shim the nipple out and file the cone to match the hammer face. Do not file the threaded end of the nipple as it will enlarge the flash channel. You will get the same effect as a burned out nipple.
Mark

 
The threaded nipple hole doesn't extend to bore.  It's a blind hole machined into a 1/2" wall thickness with a pilot flash hole through the remainder to the bore.

Over the log » Nipple Selection on Paul's Spidermatic Underhammer Chunk Barrels » 3/13/2015 9:43 PM

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To use a longer nipple I'd have file it for sure so it still snugged up to the outside of the barrel.  The small gap hasn't posed any issues thus far, but the York Shoot will be this guns first trial.  I honestly havent had time to shoot a full practice round either.  Im lucky to have enough time to shoot a few shots now and then.  I don't think it'll affect anything but I make it a point to pull the nipple and clean that area well.  Corrosion from trapped fouling and powder in that small gap is probably the only realistic potential issue, but cleaning well after use will prevent that.

I just know alot of Paul's barrels are around and wondered if anyone else had noticed a similar issue.

Over the log » Nipple Selection on Paul's Spidermatic Underhammer Chunk Barrels » 3/13/2015 7:35 PM

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Correct, it's a 1.5" barrel drilled for a standard depth nipple (per Paul) so a blind hole.  Lots of meat between bottom of hole and bore.  Obviously I can't speak for exactly how he machined or drilled the hole, but threads definitely "touch bottom".  Pretty sure it wasn't with a normal drill bit though.....looks dead flat versus a radius.  Tried to measure depth versus length of the nipple, and it's less than 1/16".....but the nipple absolutely tightens against the outside of the barrel before bottoming out. 

Either way....it's likely a moot issue and I'm thinking too much...lol.

Over the log » Nipple Selection on Paul's Spidermatic Underhammer Chunk Barrels » 3/13/2015 4:08 PM

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Back when he shipped me my barrel, he told me to use a standard nipple but looking at the carbon it appears a standard nipple doesn't quite bottom out....maybe a 1/16" of open thread at the bottom.  Everyone just using an off-the-shelf nipple or buying one slightly longer and filing for exact fit???  Thanks.

The clubhouse » Charlie Bowers » 1/11/2015 12:10 PM

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I tried contacting him a couple times shortly after York 2014 at the second address (underhammer one) and never heard back.  I had contracted him to build me an action in late 2013 (and I know his house was flooded and LOTS of damage shortly afterwards) and I didn't make York in 2014 to talk with him.  I hope all is well on his end.

Introductions » New Member from Georgia ( And now you're stuck with me Robin...HA ) » 12/30/2014 9:02 PM

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It stinks being this far south.....it's a LONG ways to most shoots, but maybe I can work in one or two beyond York.  Friendship is certainly on the schedule this year!

Introductions » New Member from Georgia ( And now you're stuck with me Robin...HA ) » 12/30/2014 4:28 PM

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Thanks for the reminder about the site Robin!!!  Long story short, my father put a smokepole in my hands as a child and been hooked ever since.  My father has been going to Friendship, CLA, Dixons, and the York Shoot for years and about 5 years ago I started tagging along for the York chunk event.  Up to that point I was pretty much a blackpowder hunter and did some freehand flintlock events but York opened my eyes.  I think it was the people and comradery that drew me in more than the shooting.  I had the privilege of shooting beside Paul a couple of years and he helped me assemble a Spidermatic of my own shortly before he passed.  I've met many of you around the York shoot and hope to get to more events in the future.  Since getting hooked, I've added a couple of bench guns and a light slug gun to my chunk collection (and I shoot them all equally bad), but I do love to get out and burn some powder.  Hope to see many more of you at events down the road.

 

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