I really like Don's rifles and smoothbores, especially the left hand ones. Pure no nonsense hunting weapons but also very attractive to the eye.
I have been captivated by muzzleloader weapons since I was a tot, and in my mind I never imagined a highly carved rifle but instead I'd close my eyes and see the working man's hunting rifle. Just like the one you got there Steve-ALA.
From top to bottom, the first, third, fourth, and fifth are all Tip Curtis flinters. I bought them in various stages of completion and did the wood and metal finish on them.
Tip calls it “in the white”.
The second down is a 32 flinter with a L&R lock that a good friend helped me build. He did all the drilling and pinning that I didn’t want to get screwed up, and I did pretty much all the rest.
I’ll post some more details on the Tip guns later today.
The second rifle down, the 32 flinter, looks like it would be a dream to carry and shoot. I don't currently have a SMR but I might build one yet.
Very nice powderhorns. Did you make them ky55?
I only have one, it's the only one I've ever had. In 1976 I went down to the local meat plant and asked if they had any cow horns I could have, I left with 2 still on the skull. I cut one off and boiled out the core, scraped it a little and made a butt plug and stopper out of some nice walnut. Years later while turkey hunting a branch caught the leather holding the stopper, yanked it out and sent it flying. Too bad, that was a good piece of wood.
I've carried that horn ever since.