Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Introducting Blue Creek Traders

Everyone, I've met Clint at the Santa Fe Trail Rendezvous today and we are getting him set up on the forum! He has a TON of items that I wanted to make available to everyone on the forum. He and I did some trading today and both were happy to do business with one another.  I'm posting some pictures of his set up at the Rendezvous and his website will have more and better pictures on it as well. You can visit Clint's website directly by going to

Here, Clint and I just finished up some trading and I got a buffalo vest & a coyote pelt and he got a bear skin in part of the trade. His furs are excellent quality, soft, a whole lot to choose from! I highly recommend the Badger pelts. Also visit Blue Creek Traders on the forum!

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Frontiers Anti-Rust & Patch Lube #2

Well, with some new products coming in today, I was able to sit down and measure out the ingredients, add to the mixture as I saw fit and then start testing.

Many of the Wet Lubes for traditional patched round ball shooters are normally a soap based product like Murphy's oil soap or PineSol. That's ok to use on the range but they dry out within 30 minutes in open air and can be corrosive to your barrel as most soaps ARE corrosive when introduced to metal.

While these products are alcohol based like my newest wet lube, they lack two very important things that a hunter or shooter wants...

#1 Keep my patch lubed for more than 30 minutes! A dry patch will burn up and cause poor accuracy
#2 Keep Rust OUT of my barrel! I don't want corrosive salts/soaps in my patch lube!

My newest wet lube includes alcohol which helps swab out the fouling for very easy reloading, but dries out quickly to prevent your charge from dampening. Also in the mixture are a couple oils that keep rust out and to give the patch a little extra lubrication during the loading process and to protect it from the heat of the powder going off once loaded on top of the charge.

My patch lets the shooter use the SAME lube for everything from the shooting range to in the field hunting use.

Once the alcohol evaporates, the rust protectant remains inside of the bore, coating it and leaving a rust proof film layer. The patch also is now soaked in this light oil, along with the lubricant that aids in loading.

So far this lube has shown great promise at keeping the rust out of the bore and keeping the patch soft and pliable.

Try one of your current wet lubes that you may have on the shelf. What happens to your patch after the alcohol evaporates? It turns dry and curls up. Mine doesn't do that! My lube keeps those patches soft and lubricated so you can shoot all day & hunt all day with the same lube. No need to change up your lubes for range shooting or when you go hunting. It is a fantastic product and when I get more info, testing available, I will make the info available to the readers.

We already have our anti-rust / patch lube PASTE available but I wanted to make sure we had a guaranteed, Shoot all day, Patch lube/rust protectant.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Pedersoli Tryon refinish

Well, this is my first Pedersoli and I like it! I already stripped the rifle to refinish it with a browned barrel and hand rubbed oil finish.

Pedersoli uses electric hand sanders and so a good deal of scratches are left behind, but this is the modern age and quantity turn out is more important these days.

I got the stock stripped down, wet sanded and then stained late last night. This morning, I added a coat of tru oil and have to hang drying.

The rifle is one hell of a good looker and needed a good finish to bring out the best of it.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Patch & Anti-Rust Lubricant for your Firearms!

This has been an on going project for some months now. I did a great deal, months worth of reading and research to find something that did Two important things for my rifles:

#1 Keep RUST out of my bore while hunting in foul weather.
#2 Keep my bores clean even after firing them with Goex and Pyrodex. I MUST have a bore thats easier to reload after a shot in the field.

With all my research I put together a new Patch Lube and does everything I needed it to do. Reloading shot after shot is a hell of a lot easier than any other lube I've used, Except for water based lubes, but those dry out within an hour or 2 and rust your bore. This is a solid hunting lube that will stay put and is not runny even in hot weather.

This main base ingredient is expensive, so this will be a costlier lube to use, but damn worth it once you give it a try and see how well it works at reloading on fouled bores and most importantly, how great it keeps rust OUT.

This lube goes on in a paste form and when you rub it into your firearm, the paste turns to a thick liquid oil which seals the steel from the nasty elements.  There are multiple oils in the base ingredient that holds them in place until the lube is squeezed and then they mix together and blend.

The picture above shows a Stainless steel barrel which was buffed down with a scotch brite pad and then one side had the lube lightly rubbed into the steel. The other side of course, is raw, unprotected metal.

That picture was from a solid MONTH long test of it sitting outside on a log. It survived FOUR snow storms, well over one DOZEN rain storms and at some point during the testing, fell into the mud for an unknown period of time before I checked and found it in the mud. That's why you see the dust and dirt on the Protected area of the barrel.

This lube works on ALL firearms. It is NOT a Crisco, chap stick, animal fat gimmick. No manf. will ever use the same ingredients that I do simply because the cost is high.

 Any rifle you buy is an investment and using cheap products like Bore Butter which is actually chap stick with a yellow color and spearmint oil added, does nothing to keep rust out of the bore in foul weather. I found this out the hard way one year while elk hunting with my muzzle loader.

Clean up is super easy with Hot soapy water. When you get to cleaning, You'll see how nicely this lube keeps the fouling soft. It basically runs on top of the lube after you load up on a clean bore.

Safe to use inside and outside of ALL firearms

I am currently bottling the lube in 4oz solid white plastic jars with screw on lids. I am also going to work on a labeling system but that is not high priority right now. Each jar comes with the instruction manual explaining the lube and how to use it and how to clean up at the end of the day.

Cedar scent is also being test in the lube. As of right now, its scent free.

Price is $10 per 4oz jar + Shipping.  You can Pre- Order by emailing me at:

Forum member Ray "HawgSlayer" was the very first person to try this lube out on the range. Read his accounts of how well the lube works. READ MORE....

Thursday, May 21, 2015

CVA Hawken Flintlock for sale You choose the caliber!

Guys, I am done with all the hard work on this one. Triggers are polished, lock internals polished, Tang and trigger plate are bedded solid. Custom hand finish of dixie gun works antique stain and a tru-oil / Permalyn finish on the stock were done and then buffed down to a nice matte sheen. The brass was left alone and has a nice honey gold colod patina.

Now the deal here guys, The price is $480 shipped. I will take Half of that as a down payment to get the rifle completed.

The barrel on it is just to make it complete for pictures. It will get a brand new 28" barrel in either .50cal or .54cal. This is the buyers choice. I will slow rust Brown the barrel and tang, along with a new traditional elevator rear sight and german silver front sight.

The lock is an excellent sparker and once complete, I'll have a video of that as well. Will come with an extra french amber flint. These are much better than black english and hold an edge for a longer amount of strikes.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Another CVA Hawken arrives on my table!

Well, this CVA Hawken .54cal makes #9 that I have restored. CVA stopped production on the sidelock muzzleloaders in 2001 and this Hawken is stamped 2001. A shame that they stopped making such a good rifle like the Hawken was.

This is a factory finished rifle that is 14 years old and as never been loaded! The stock has its share of bumps here and there on the stock but with the age, its acceptable in my book and once I strip the stock and lightly sand out the imperfections, this rifle will be a jewel once more in life.

I've already started her restoration by bedding the tang with jb weld which makes a rock solid foundation for the tang to sit in. Metal pulling into soft wood never makes for an accurate rifle!

The barrel,tang and brass will all be browned, along with new elevator rear sight and german silver front sight. It will be my classic restoration as usual.

I am looking forward to getting started on it and putting it up on the market. If any one is interested in purchasing the build, Just let me know.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CVA Hawken .54cal FOR SALE

CVA Hawken 28" long .54cal 1:66 twist barrel - No Rust No Pitting!

Walnut stock that I shaped and finished along with a Tru oil finish that has been buffed down to a warm classic sheen.

The tang and trigger plate have been bedded for some extra strength in those areas as recoil tends to pull metal into wood. This eliminates that and the tang screw will always be tight! Its my own personal touch I do to all muzzle loaders I work on/ restore.

Lock and the double set triggers have also been polished and lightly greased with Moly for a crisp trigger and a lock that feels butter smooth.

Its very rare to find a CVA with an actual walnut stock. 99% of them were made with beechwood stocks and the walnut was done in small quantities when they'd get a small supply in to work with. Gorgeous wood with a lot of pattern and grain.

The sights have been upgraded to a German silver front sight and a traditional style elevator rear sight. I use this set up on my own rifle and I shoot out to 170 yards with no trouble. Put it dead on on 100 yards, mark that elevator position with a small paint mark and then scoot back to 150 yards and figure out which elevator ramp position is dead on at that range and mark it. Its a super handy sight set up and allows you to have all the calculations built into one set up and ready for hunting season.

This a great looking and functioning rifle guys. It will provide you a life time of service if you keep her clean and oiled properly.

$400 shipped.

This is not your typical CVA. This is the 8th Hawken that I have restored and brought back to better than new condition. When I refinish a stock, my typical price alone is $175-225 out the door.

Here is a variety of pictures of the rifle. I took some in full sunlight, inside the house and late evening just to show what the stock looks like in such and such lighting available.


Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Newest custom Muzzle Loader arrived!

Well, I got this one recently and so far, its turned out to be a great buy. I've already oiled and buffed years of dust and gunk off the stock so shes now smooth and the curl of the maple pops through nicely. The furniture is all steel with the ramrod thimbles and nose cap left raw but highly polished. Double set triggers and a Siler lock make for a solid set up. The barrel I will strip and refinish and its just not to my liking. Who ever did the barrel, let it get thick rust scale and I don't like that texture. If that's all I have to do to the rifle, I am one hell of a happy camper!
It is a .50cal with slow twist. When I get some time I will measure the twist and try to figure out the maker as there is no makers mark.

Barrel length is 36" and the barrel width is 7/8" which makes for a super light weight 50 caliber long rifle! Excellent balance that is not barrel heavy.