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Small Scale Rifle?

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Let's say one were to decide to try to make a roughly half scale Springfield musket using a cast off Mauser barrel. What would be the best source of a side-plate/lock assembly? Are the pistol locks scaled down enough? The Philadelphia Derringer lock doesn't look like the right shape to pull off a close enough scaled down look. How tough would it be to reverse engineer the assembly on my Thompson Renegade and fabricate one from scratch? Anybody aware of a high quality die cast toy that could be used as a pattern? Are dimensioned drawings available?

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That's what I'm talking about! I'd love to be able to create something like those. My thought in going with a muzzle loader is that it would be easier to scratchbuild a miniature lock and breech than it would be to machine an authentically scaled action.

 

Another thought I've had is to use a Chipmunk .22 kids rifle as the basis for a Mauser or Springfield style small scale rifle. Not an exact scale model, but stylistically very similar, and shootable to boot.

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That's what I'm talking about! I'd love to be able to create something like those. My thought in going with a muzzle loader is that it would be easier to scratchbuild a miniature lock and breech than it would be to machine an authentically scaled action.

 

Another thought I've had is to use a Chipmonk .22 kids rifle as the basis for a Mauser or Springfield style small scale rifle. Not an exact scale model, but stylistically very similar, and shootable to boot.

 

I've thought about the chipmonk as well. I twould be kool with a manlicher stock.

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I've thought about the chipmunk as well. I twould be kool with a manlicher stock.

 

I've seen one in a checkered manlicher stock, it looked really nice. That's another idea I had, was to just face lift a Chipmunk. Make it look like a shrunken custom Mauser, i.e. shadowline cheekpiece, ebony tip, skeleton grip cap and butt plate, etc. Would make a nice father son project... if only I didn't have 3 girls!

 

I was thinking about the Springfield musket because I have a round cast off Mauser barrel to use. (I have plenty of tomato stakes already...) However, a Hawken style rifle would be fun to try. I'm scared of trying to grind/file in the barrel flats without a mill. Anybody ever done this by hand before?

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