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Aug 21st, 2017 at 11:38am
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Hi all looking for a walker conversion and any other small parts for a Hepburn action.
  
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Reply #1 - Aug 21st, 2017 at 1:15pm
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You might call Mike at Dave Crossno Gun Service. They have built several,   405-396-8786. They even fit a Walker-pattern pistol grip stock to one of my #2 Rollers. It's a copy of the stock on the #2 Roller on page 275 of the Marcot Rolling Block book.
  
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Reply #2 - Aug 21st, 2017 at 4:47pm
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thanks Hepburn, will give him a call
  
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Reply #4 - Aug 21st, 2017 at 11:32pm
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thanks John I appreciate the link but I am looking for a walker conversion for a Remington Hepburn rifle.  Smiley
  
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Reply #5 - Aug 22nd, 2017 at 10:36am
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The Rifle Shop still shows all the parts for a conversion in stock.

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Reply #6 - Aug 22nd, 2017 at 11:18am
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Here is one of the few "sort of looks like a Walker" rifles in use.
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Rifle shop may or may not have the parts.
Tom Rowes' Hepburn book is invaluable.
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Reply #7 - Aug 22nd, 2017 at 11:47am
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steel-pounder wrote on Aug 21st, 2017 at 11:32pm:
thanks John I appreciate the link but I am looking for a walker conversion for a Remington Hepburn rifle.  Smiley


My bad, guess I don't know as much as I thought I knew.
  

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Reply #8 - Aug 23rd, 2017 at 12:14am
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chuckster that is a beautiful rifle and looks like it shoots as good as it looks. was it from a kit or machined from a block?
  If I can find the other conversion parts I may give forging the lever a try. worst comes to worst I can buy the parts from the rifle shop. just they don't have too many of them in stock and six to eight months wait for new ones.

John, no worries I appreciate the effort.
  
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Reply #9 - Aug 23rd, 2017 at 11:15am
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Here is a discription of the action made from stock.
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Forging a Walker lever is a challange. I cheated and did some welding.
Would be very interested in your results.
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Reply #10 - Aug 23rd, 2017 at 6:51pm
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very cool thread there Chuckster. Just scanned through it will go back and read it this evening.  Looks like my Walker conversion is going to have to wait for now. The rifle shoppe is out of parts and don't know when they are going to have more cast so I'm going to go ahead on the standard Hepburn build. I wish I was as good of a machinist as I am a forger I could possibly make my own conversion. You probably noticed my user name, Here is how I make my living.

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I realize this would be nothing like forging the lever but I don't have any pictures of that kind of stuff I have done. anyway thanks for looking.
  
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Reply #11 - Aug 23rd, 2017 at 7:10pm
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Maybe, you don't have to do a full Walker conversion. Lots of examples of bottom lever conversions. It might be a decent bit easier to cut the lever out of flat stock than to try to forge it. Maybe, good layout with fifteen minutes on the drill press and band saw would get someone at least as good a start as a rough casting would be. Nice finish you put on your knife, I'd think you could do up a rifle just as nice.
  
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Reply #12 - Aug 24th, 2017 at 10:04am
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thanks Craig. never thought about just doing an under lever. I will have a look around the web and see if I can find some info.
the blade on the knife is pattern welded steel. The blade and bolsters are a solid piece of the same bar. notice that the pattern on the bolster is the same as that of the blade just smaller? the blade was forged out in length and width so the"damascus" pattern didnt become distorted. It just got bigger.
  
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Reply #13 - Aug 24th, 2017 at 10:54am
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Hi s-p, that's why I mentioned your finish instead of the pattern welding. I'd figure to keep your pattern, most of your work was stock removal, but it's not so easy to finish an integral and it does look like you have a fine edge on it. Maybe you could mock up the action fit of the lever in something like plexi glass to decide if it's worth doing. Best of luck with it.
  
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Reply #14 - Aug 24th, 2017 at 11:24am
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Pounder, I was noticing the size difference, and wondered how in the devil you accomplished it. Once you describe the process it's simple to understand- though I'm certain it's far beyond my talent to do. You earned today's attaboy.  Smiley
  
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Reply #15 - Aug 24th, 2017 at 12:35pm
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SP,  Beautiful work. Curious about how you got that pattern.
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Reply #16 - Aug 24th, 2017 at 10:10pm
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thanks a lot flyer.
  
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Reply #17 - Aug 24th, 2017 at 10:14pm
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Chuck, that is a relative easy pattern to forge the first bar. the hard part is keeping it all lined up when the bar is cut, combined and rewelded. And it gets tougher from there until the knife is forged. this one is tough from the very first.

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15 layer 300 series stainless and nickel, forge welded damascus. Forge welded onto high carbon SG2 stainless core
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Reply #18 - Aug 24th, 2017 at 10:44pm
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Both of your examples are beautiful, steel-pounder.  I love Damascus work.  In fact, my wedding ring is a custom made Damascus.  It's pretty hard to see, unlike your beautiful pieces.  I've always yearned for a beautiful daily carry knife out of Damascus.  Only problem is I daily carry a full-sized semi-auto pistol and a spare magazine, and occasionally a cellphone carrier.  Too much on my belt already.  But I do love Damascus.
  
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Reply #19 - Aug 25th, 2017 at 1:12am
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SP, very impressive damascus, I have a power hammer and forge, dabble in it a bit - but it is art, your skills and art are above average.  I'd like to see what you could do making a lever similar to your knives... but add curves?

Chuck, somehow I missed your posts on your Walker, very impressive, great work!  I've built quite a few actions from stock and from castings, they're a lot of work - even more to get them all the way finished, not just "shootable" - where most of mine end at.
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Reply #20 - Aug 25th, 2017 at 2:30pm
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Excellent work!! When will we see you on Forged In Fire?

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Reply #21 - Aug 25th, 2017 at 7:25pm
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I very much doubt that I will ever be on forged in fire. I just have nothing to gain by going on that show. and some one in my position who makes a living forging knives cant afford to go and lose on national television.
  
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Reply #22 - Aug 25th, 2017 at 10:14pm
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In the early 60's somebody gave my father a very fine Remington SxS shotgun. Most Remington's are heavy and clunky, but this one was a beauty, light weight with a very trim pistol grip stock and ejectors, and in excellent condition. The problem with it was that it was damascus, and the barrels had a beautiful pattern. It was a 12 gauge and I wanted to load up some black powder shells and use it, but my father wouldn't let me; "Robert, you'll blow your fingers off!" I think he ended up giving it away.  Undecided
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Reply #23 - Aug 26th, 2017 at 12:10am
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that is too bad. among my other projects waiting for me is a colt 1878 DB shotgun with Damascus barrels. it has a serial number that according to colt was never made but every piece of it has the same three digit number. I hope to one day put it into operational condition and load some black for it.
  
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