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Working on the Lock:

I chose a large Siler Mountain Lock kit for this project. I drilled out  and tapped all the necessary parts. Then I heated and tempered the fly, tumbler and sear. Then to add a little something extra, I then "V" notched the front of the hammer to aid in splitting the cap for easy removal during shooting and added some checkering to the top of the hammer. 

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Traced out the pattern on a 1/8" plate of brass.       Filed the brass down to match the original lock plate.

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Drilled the taped the screw holes into the brass plate.        Silver soldered on the bolster plate then riveted it to the plate with brass rivets for strength.

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Next I had to file out the bolster plate for the drum on the barrel to fit the lock.DSCN0458.JPG (120771 bytes)

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Here the filing is complete. I used a 1/2" drill bit (same size as my drum) to size the area to fit the drum using a round file.

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Here is the finished lock. You can see the location of the two brass rivets in the bolster area of the lock.

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