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    Shotgun Project

    I've stated since I closed my gunsmithing business & retired I only work on my own guns & for a few close friends. Then a couple weeks ago a lady whose been a family friend forever says "I need you to look @ a shotgun for me." I'm thinking oh brother another broken cheap POS pump like a Mossberg that has a qwazillion varieties & no interchangeable parts. Then she pulls this gun case out of her car that has holes in it big enough to throw a cat through. Inside is a black powder double barrel 12 gauge that's in 4 pieces & a lot of pieces missing (missing parts probably fell out the holes). She explains her brother loves this old gun & she'd like to have it put back together for a birthday present for him. It looks like it was in a saddle scabbard when a horse rolled on it, there's a couple of metal plates where someone tried to put the shattered stock back together. The locks are there & sort of functional & I explain this gun was probably around when Geronimo was & it would cost a fortune to actually make all the parts & restore it. Mrs. Injunbro pops up & says I probably have part in the shop to fix it & I explain these are all hand made & each part is unique to the gun. The lady then says it's ok to just make a wall hanger.... please???? Sigh.
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Size:  2.04 MBCollection of broken gun parts. Missing: triggers, trigger guard, breechplate, tang, butt plate, nipple, barrel wedge & a lot of screws.
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Size:  2.52 MBStarting gluing & doweling the stock back together instead of carving out a new one.
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Size:  1.96 MBMore gluing, doweling & filling.
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Size:  2.10 MBHand forging out some of the missing parts.
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Size:  1.55 MBPattern for the top of the butt plate made by scribbling over the inlay.
    More pix in a minute.
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    Hopefully his birthday is around Christmas? That is a whole bunch of work even with some lucky parts that might fit.
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    Name:  20190308_143253.jpg
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Size:  1.81 MBButt plate. Had to be shaped w/ hammer/anvil & tools to fit the convex butt as well as shape & fit the inlaid top.
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Size:  1.80 MBA whole lot of hammering, grinding, filing & fitting later it's in one piece again... only took about 5 hours.
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    Looks really great. I thought would take a few weeks. Looks good.
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    Good job! Looks like it will make a nice wall hanger.

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    You done good bro. Real good. Over and above for an old friend.
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    Nice job. It must be nice to actually have skills and the time to use them! You're the lady's hero now.
    I have an old hammer double that I believe needs a new hammer spring, but I'm afraid to take it apart for fear of demolishing something I can't repair. It will have to stay the way it is for now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scott View Post
    Nice job. It must be nice to actually have skills and the time to use them! You're the lady's hero now.
    I have an old hammer double that I believe needs a new hammer spring, but I'm afraid to take it apart for fear of demolishing something I can't repair. It will have to stay the way it is for now.


    Unless the spring is broken it can be re-tempered, if it is it could be used for a pattern.
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    Very nice job!
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    That is a fine job!
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