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  1. heelerau

    Bushfire Tilden Park Western Australia

    My place got wiped out by a bushfire on the 1st of Feb. Both I and my now ex partner got out with pets and horses. Question, all my licensed muzzle loaders perished in the fire including 2 cap and ball and a mod 19 S&W revolver. Still some spring tension in the smith same with the cap and...
  2. heelerau

    Match lock

    Here is the finished result, the stock has oiled up nicely with pale boiled linseed and gum turpentine. P1030600 by Gordon Hazel, on Flickr
  3. heelerau

    Match lock

    Finally finished. Fitted up a flash guard, am rubbing in my stock finish mix of pale boiled linseed cut with gum turpentine. It has been a fun project, with lots of learnings. Next time will use a better timber for the stock as jarrah is hard to work, and splinters some.
  4. heelerau

    Match lock

    Made and soft soldered the next lug on , have insetted both and drilled and fitted both pins successfully. Pictures to follow.
  5. heelerau

    Match lock

    I have soft soldered one barrel pin lug on, have to make another tomorrow and sweat it on, then its inletting time again ! Thanks for the interest you blokes, it is a pretty agricultural effort, but I am learning a lot, mostly how not to do things !
  6. heelerau

    Passed month has been hard on me.

    Buck, one step at a time, chin up mate, we are all as you blokes in the US say, rooting for you !! From us good old boys from down under
  7. heelerau

    Match lock

    I have been messing about, finally got the ram rod hole drilled to the correct depth, and it takes its ramrod nicely. Today Iit up the forge and made a trigger guard, then converted a cup head bolt to a screw slot, drilled and tapped and fitted the tang bolt and also fitted the trigger guard...
  8. heelerau

    Match lock

    No its the slow type, not snapping, cheers
  9. heelerau

    Match lock

    P1030558 by Gordon Hazel, on Flickr
  10. heelerau

    Match lock

    drilled the side nail holes, both lock plate and stock. I used some 1/4 UNC gutter bolts which will do nicely. I have acquired a 4 inch by 1/4 cup head bolt for the tang bolt, will cut a screw slot in the head and file down the square shank that is just under the bolt head. I did have to do a...
  11. heelerau

    Passed month has been hard on me.

    I had a pericarditis with tampenard, ( 1340 mils of fluid taken off the heart, no one survives 1500ml) took me a couple of years to recover, I remember despairing over whether I would manage a full days work, get on a horse or just plain feel well again. I did eventually as you will, it...
  12. heelerau

    Match lock

    Starting to look something. Lock mortised in, couple of runout unfortunately, guess some filler, brown wax etc. will have to adjust the serpent slightly for better alignment with the pan. Next to sort out one of the triggers I made and workout the geometry so it works, then forge and fit a...
  13. heelerau

    Match lock

    Here is the pan and cover plus a couple of triggers I forged up today. The pan cover is just some scrap light steel which I think will also make a nice trigger guard. One of the triggers is forged out of quite thin material, the other out of the same plate at the but plate. I may well have to...
  14. heelerau

    1780's American Officers Pistol - shot this handgun today.

    I am under the impression that brass barrels chrystalize with age and become ver brittle. That aside, nice group and would have been fun to shoot !
  15. heelerau

    Match lock

    I have started building a Tudor period match lock sporting gun, just for a fun, as parts are easily made in my forge. I have had a barrel turned up by a mate from carbon steel hollow bar, it is about .50 and mirror finished. Breech plug made from a grade 8 bolt , threaded 9/16 UNF 18 tip...
  16. heelerau

    Antique Drill Press

    Your great grand pappy must have been a ver wealthy man. I agree nice to see land still in the same family. We have Holowiliena Station, near Cradock in South Australia that is has been in the same family since 1852. You can google it, its a good read.
  17. heelerau

    New Wildlife Phenomena Brings Together Wild Pigs, Raccoons and Possum

    If it is a peccary, could the thing on its back be a coati mundi a relative of the raccoon?
  18. heelerau

    Antique Drill Press

    Here is a close up of my Buffalo Forge Mod 615
  19. heelerau

    Antique Drill Press

    I have a Buffalo version in my blacksmith shop, only mine is hand operated only, I eventually found the missing automatic feed arm and pawl. Works a treat, have been collecting a few drill bits for it.
  20. heelerau

    Patched Ball Shooters

    I shot in a skirmish shoot at our rifle club today, used my late fathers' Missouri Plains rifle. .50 with 90 grains of FFFg. I had watched an interesting new chap on utube who cut strips of greased patch material and hung them off his bag strap, up quite high, ball lose in the pouch, I...
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