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Author Topic: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit  (Read 3521 times)

Offline Huntschool

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #30 on: February 11, 2019, 11:15:46 AM »
Good looking job Rob.  Keep it up.

Offline Rob DiStefano

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #31 on: February 11, 2019, 07:41:22 PM »
the brass nose cap wouldn't fit, too small.  rang up jim and he knew of that issue and said to pull off the barrel, turn it upside down, set the cap in the middle of the swamped barrel where it'll fit and then slide it to the muzzle in order to bend the sides open.  worked perfectly.  the cap is now epoxied in, will pin it tomorrow, then next up is the barrel under lugs and then the sights.  i'm just gonna draw file the barrel and have it left in-the-white.  will pull the breech plug in order to fit the chambers touch hole liner, and put them both back with nikal anti-seize grease.  after that, stock finishing with at least two or maybe three heatings of aqua-fortis to stain (i want it Dark), then the mortises and barrel channel will get CYA sealed, then on to multiple coats of tru-oil.  as the stock finishing work progresses with it's cure and dry times, i'll get into the brass filing and polishing.  i figure it'll be ready sometime in march, maybe, and hopefully a range date in april if the weather is decent.

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #32 on: February 11, 2019, 08:42:41 PM »
Looks like you're on a roll, Rob!  Rather you with your expertise and knowledge and tools then me... i'd start cutting corners and find out real quickly I do not have the tools, talent or patience! :(

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #33 on: February 12, 2019, 04:10:20 PM »
brass nose cap is pinned to the stock.

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #34 on: February 12, 2019, 04:18:49 PM »
breech plug pulled (i didn't see any trace of anti-seize grease!), chambers liner installed.  looking inside the barrel, the liner doesn't protrude inside - if it did it would require filing.  liner installed with nikal and fitted, plug installed also with nikal.

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #35 on: February 12, 2019, 04:20:12 PM »
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breech face gets polished ...

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #37 on: February 13, 2019, 08:23:28 AM »
I've been following this and also watching the Jim Chambers videos on assembly...

Both drive home the point (to me- about ME) that unless one has the talent of say, the Mike's, Eric's, Bruce's or Rob, and the like (IF I left any deserving soul out) on here AND the myriad of tools, plus an intimate understanding of how all the parts go together, even kits that look easy will present untold challenges and could result in an expensive snafu!

I stand in awe!  Having done a few things successfully (Mostly wood butchering as my expertise and tools are limited outside of wood), I can slightly relate how satisfying it must be to have built/assembled one's own weapon!


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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #38 on: February 13, 2019, 11:38:24 AM »
Nice work Rob.  Keep it up.

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #39 on: February 20, 2019, 06:34:46 AM »
Yes, looking good for sure. Canít wait to see it when finished!

Hey Doc, donít worry cause i would be in the same boat as you! No room, tools, and lack of knowledge! One day i will give a try but until then...you and i could always build one out of LEGOís lol!

Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #40 on: February 25, 2019, 09:18:57 AM »
I see you have the nice Rice barrel pads and the plug wrench, I got off my wallet and bought both at the AL longrifle show. I wish I had bought them when they first came out as they make pulling tight plugs a breeze.

Offline bldtrailer

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #41 on: April 21, 2019, 10:45:35 AM »
How's it coming Rob ? Waiting on new photos and range reports

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #42 on: April 21, 2019, 10:48:11 AM »
I'm sure Rob will be along later...but He's been hard at prepping for an early May BPCR match with his "new to him" 40-65 and the weather has been the pits to hear him tell it... been similar here and this weekend put in for overtime ugly with rain, cold temps and tstorms! :(

Anxious to see how it comes out myself...

Offline Rob DiStefano

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Re: Jim Kibler Colonial Rifle Kit
« Reply #43 on: April 21, 2019, 11:01:18 AM »
as doc posted, i've put all my spare time into getting a .40-65 sharps and its paper patched bullets ready for the may 5th match and haven't worked on the colonial rifle.  weather has been the big drawback.  along with working on a new S&W 642 snubby for action and loads.

what's left to do with the flintlock is to drill the under lugs for the pins, elongate their holes, and install the sights.  then the gun will be fully assembled.  i'll take it fully apart and finish the wood, draw file the barrel, put it all together again and be ready for its baptism under fire.