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Author Topic: Here we go again...another rifle build  (Read 40 times)

Online Tony Van Dort

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Here we go again...another rifle build
« on: June 21, 2019, 09:58:43 AM »
My 9yo son Kai hung out with me throughout the duration of building my Kibler rifle.

He was truly interested as he was a couple years ago when I put together a Lyman Great Plains rifle.

We pulled the trigger on a project for Kai a few weeks back.  Ordered him a Pedersoli Scout in .32 caliber from Dixie.

Unboxing revealed that this is not "Kibler" - not even close.  The brass furniture was pitted, and knarley.  Kai (with dad's help) had to file, sand, and otherwise re-create each piece.  We got 'er done tho. 

The wood is American Walnut with an amazing grain however we needed to spend a lot of time with a rasp and sandpaper to beat it into submission. 

Lots of fun indeed!


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Re: Here we go again...another rifle build
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2019, 10:07:12 AM »
Way to go Tony and Kai  :thumbs: :thumbs:  :camp:

Looking forward to the final pictures!!  :wavey:

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Re: Here we go again...another rifle build
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2019, 12:21:39 PM »
Tony,

It appears that you're truly getting some experience with this kit building...

Nice to have someone to keep you focused and to help with some grunt work...

Excellent!   :thumbs:

Online Tony Van Dort

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Re: Here we go again...another rifle build
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2019, 12:34:40 PM »
Tony,

It appears that you're truly getting some experience with this kit building...

Nice to have someone to keep you focused and to help with some grunt work...

Excellent!   :thumbs:

Doc, yer right about the 'grunt" work.  Kai has been hard at it since we started.

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Re: Here we go again...another rifle build
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2019, 12:37:12 PM »
First coat: 
Minwax Wipe-on Poly.


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Re: Here we go again...another rifle build
« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2019, 12:57:17 PM »
T,

Did you say how old your "helper" might be?  That is soo cool that he's so interested in such and not glued to an intendo or something! :thumbs: ;D

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Re: Here we go again...another rifle build
« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2019, 05:29:58 PM »
T,

Did you say how old your "helper" might be?  That is soo cool that he's so interested in such and not glued to an intendo or something! :thumbs: ;D



Kai is 9 years old.  He's been my shadow since birth.   
A cool kid indeed!

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Re: Here we go again...another rifle build
« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2019, 06:21:01 PM »
That is a cool age, Tony!

They like to mimic everything Dad does for a couple more years....then sometimes, with some kids, they start to change...suck up all the joy you can now...

You're building memories that will last a lifetime...

My dad used to tease saying whenever he tried to do anything around the house, he couldn't see!  cause, my li'l black haired head would pop up in front of him so's he could NOT see what he was doing! :):)

I remember some of those tasks and moments like they were yesterday!  Good stuff!

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Re: Here we go again...another rifle build
« Reply #8 on: June 22, 2019, 04:44:07 PM »
Been spending some time on making ready the wood for the barrel.  Six coats of "wipe on" satin poly is not enough but close.... :P

Speaking about the pipe...like all others it needs a good draw-filing...and we did a tag-team on that one.

Note:
The Rice barrels that Jim Kibler uses are relatively easy to draw file the "mill marks" to a nice slick surface.   It appears that the barrels of the Pedersoli rifles are "different"... ::)

I took the first turn at the file as Kai watched and did a half of a hex-flat with some trouble.  Rice barrels are apparently harder and respond to surface treatment much better than the Italian versions. 

The Pedersoli iron is seemingly softer..and "gummier' as you attempt the draw.  The Rice barrels were easy to file...good 'nuf finished surface for "in the white" or whatever you'd want to do.

The Italian steel in this rifle is "soft"...and takes the Kibler "patina" solution (which worked GREAT on the brass components) seriously.... much darker and more difficult to blend/mellow.  Could be I will need to blue the barrel in the end.  Bummer but not the end of the world.

All-in-all a helluva nice product for the money!

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Re: Here we go again...another rifle build
« Reply #9 on: June 22, 2019, 04:46:29 PM »
The man at work...   :camp:

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Re: Here we go again...another rifle build
« Reply #10 on: June 22, 2019, 06:58:05 PM »
Tony,

That's interesting "stuff" on your findings...

I love that last picture of kai... :)  Such intensity of concentration... Gotta love it...

What a treasure you have right there!

Good luck getting it to come together well enough to suit ya and then it fire well and be accurate enough

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Re: Here we go again...another rifle build
« Reply #11 on: June 22, 2019, 08:00:18 PM »
this project is nothing less than ..... AWESOME:thumbs: :thumbs:  :camp: