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St8LineGunsmith 08-07-2012 02:36 AM

Virginia Rifle build
I have been commissioned to build a Virginia Riffle for someone And I thought I would post the progress of the build in the form of a build log which I will post illustrated progress of the build. A brief story of the reason why i am building the rifle all came about. The Gentleman who I am building the rifle for bought this very high quality and expensive kit about ten years ago. a short time after he bought the kit he did a little work to it then had some health issues that postphoned the project, he told me which at some point that he came to the realization that this kit build was a bit beyond the scope of his experience or skill level so it has been sitting in storage since that time.
in a thread on another forum he mentioned he had this kit he wanted to sell because he would never build it where I replied back That I did not want to buy the kit but I would build it for him for a reasonable fee this is where we started discussing this build which developed into a client to builder relationship.
this build will take me two to three months to finish because there is a lot of work involved in this kit and the more time that I put into it the better end result will be.

Here are some of the pics the owner took of the rifle kit in its raw condition how i will receive it in the next couple of days which I will post here as some before pics and I will continue to add my own pictures of the progress on a weekly basis for anyone interested in the build.
I am excited to get started on the build so much that I am actually cleaning off my bench in anticipation of its arrival so I can get started on it as soon as it is delivered.

woody63m 08-07-2012 02:51 AM


HockaLouis 08-07-2012 03:12 AM

St8Line, I look forward to following your progress. Not exactly an assemble and finish kit. I already like what the stock is gonna come out to be...

St8LineGunsmith 08-07-2012 04:12 AM

yep just a bit more work involved than an assemble and finish kit. I suppose that is why I was commissioned the project:)
the barrel and lock will be rust brown finished and some inlay work will be involved I might do some simple relief carving but I am not very sure about that yet because I am not 100% confident enough of my skills to do that on a customers rifle just yet however there was a scrap piece of the wood that came from the same timber the rifle blank was carved from so I will practice on the scrap piece first before I commit myself to doing it on the stock.
the barrel and lock cam already inletted so that will be a big time saver however there is probably some fine adjusting I will just have to wait and see once it arrives.

HockaLouis 08-07-2012 11:44 AM

I don't doubt the lock inletting will need some relieving. Rust Brown is how I had TVM do my Early Virginia. Carving might be a little much. Matt was not keen on doing the adornments inlay i.e. a couple of silver catseyes and similar elongated stars on either side -- I had to convince him! I will say this is my opinion -- less is more in such a particular gun. A minimal amount of embellishment, however, just to show pride in something one owned at the time that was common, central, and constantly around makes sense to me though.

St8LineGunsmith 08-07-2012 02:12 PM

I tend to agree with the less is more statement there is a point when too much carving becomes gawdy looking. Rest assured all if any carving will be very basic and minimal. i think the most simple designs look much better than an elaborate design but that's just my personal taste.

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