$14 Caplock!

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$14 Caplock!

RedWolf
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27 Aug 2014, 02:14 #1

Hello all. I reckon I should start this one off with a story, there is a hair of one attached. A few years ago, a friend of mine who knows I am a bit of a weapons collector came to me, and told me that his father had an old gun that he was wanting to sell. I naturally started to drool a little, and we went over to his parents house. His father brought out a C.V.A. kit gun he had put together years before. I was a bit disappointed, but hunting season was coming up, and muzzleloader season gets at least an extra 2 weeks of hunting time. To be honest, the kit was fairly poorly put together, but his father had taken a not insignificant number of deer with the piece, I began to consider making an offer, when his father asked me how much I had in my pockets. A quick count came up with $14. He shrugged, said "I was hoping for at least twenty.", and told me to take the gun with me when I go.

I found out later that he built the gun during a previous marriage, and had simply grown tired of his current wife heckling him over keeping it.

That leads me to today. The bore was a terrible bit rusty, so much so that dropping the ramrod down the bore produced a considerable amount a dust to shoot out in a cloud. I put the gun in a back corner, and basically forgot about it until I could figure out what to do about it. The screw that holds the snail on might as well be welded, and is stripped. And I still have no idea how to take the breech plug out. Tired of waiting, I put the barrel in a vice, and started pouring boiling water down the barrel, then swabbing. Eventually a copper brush, then swaps, then oiled swabs. I still have not gotten all the rust out, but I figured it'll just have to work out over time (unless someone has a suggestion?). I used a flashlight (Do y'all still call it a torch?) to look down the bore, and could see no pitting in the first foot or so. I figure that he cleaned it with water to take out the fouling, and either failed to oil it, or failed to reoil it for some time after he put it up.

Using the cleaning rod and water to create pressure, I finally managed to declog the nipple. We checked on the phone video later, and it sparks!

Just before dark, I whipped out my trusty pocket knife, and did a lick of carving between some metal spots on the stock. Specifically, a Cross of Lorraine to add a little bit of flash to the piece. I do not intend to keep the stock any longer than I have to, but I an pleased at how well it turned out.

So, I have a Caplock rifle now. It is a .45 caliber of some type, uses #11 caps, and is desperately in need of a decent stock to refit the barrel into. I have some pics I will try to get up soon. Hope to hear back from y'all soon.
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PaoloUAE
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27 Aug 2014, 14:22 #2

Greetings RedWolf,

I would recommend before taking the pain of restocking the barrel a thorough clean-up with the following products from Kano Laboratories (http://www.kanolabs.com): Kroil (1st option) or Exrust.

Dump it in the barrel, leave it for anything between 10 hours to 24 hours depending how bad the rusting is; after the period of waiting with a bronze brush just keep going up and down adding a bit of product till the barrel is clean.

After the procedure, remove the breach plug (maybe the snail is part of the breach plug), remove the nipple and check if it is ok, any other screw (likely the one that hold the nipple in place) inspect for pitting and if everything is fine reassemble, lubricate and think about restocking.

If the nipple is badly damaged, you'll have to change it or it might cause some back-flaming while shooting.

My two cents.
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RedWolf
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27 Aug 2014, 16:07 #3

How should I go about removing the breechplug?
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PaoloUAE
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27 Aug 2014, 16:27 #4

RefdWolf is the breech plug the same configuration as in the pics above?
Paolo
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Le_Loup
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27 Aug 2014, 22:51 #5

I seem to recall that CVA uses a drum & nipple, not a snail? The barrel is hexagon, so it is easy enough to secure in a good vice. There is a special tool for removing the breech plug, but it can be done using a large adjustable wrench (NOT Stiltons/pipe grips!). You may want to consider ordering the flint lock & touch hole liner to convert the rifle into a flintlock.
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RedWolf
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28 Aug 2014, 01:13 #6

My apologies. I LeLoup has the right of it. I am giddy with possibilities. My thanks to you, gents. If I do anything further, I will update.
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