Can't remember the cost of the kit, that was many years ago. This is a Thompson Center Hawken 50cal. that I built when I was 19 years old, back in 1978. This rifle has taken a few deer, but lost count so many hogs it's crazy. I have enjoyed hunting with it every year and will continue to do so. The build was all done by hand, files, knifes, rasps, chisels, sandpaper, steel wool etc.
The stock stain was first done in light walnut, steel wooled afterwards. Then I used a 6 inch PVC pipe cut length wise to lay the stock in used 30 weight motor oil, it was there for a little over one day. Coming out I then just kept wiping it down with rags until no motor oil was coming off on your hands. Light buff with 4O steel wool then hand rub paste wax,
The barrel was done in cold brown, about 4 times with heat from a hair dryer between coats. Afterwards took wet 1000 grit to the flats to make it show hand, holding wear, or wear from being in a rifle scab.
Now the neat part. I removed all the clips, springs etc. from all the brass furniture. I then took all the brass parts and put them in a new full jar of mayonnaise, left out at room temp with the lid loose for over 2 weeks. Washed them in soap n water after I liked the color I was looking for, gave them a very old black brass look with some black lines in the mill marks. Put it all together and it came out looking like this.
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