one of my stocks that Phil Lewis
of N.C. assembled and finished out. It has a 42"
oct-round Colerain barrel in .54 rifled. The muzzle is
coned for ease of loading. The lock is by
Davis. The wood is plain straight grain beech stained to
a nice dark reddish brown. Phil told me there was a
crack on the left side from the wrist forward into the
sideplate. (Look closely at the picture of the
sideplate.) Unfortunately beech is a very unstable wood
when drying and is prone to checking. The check was
probably in it after shaping but only became noticeable
after it was stained. Phil said this one did not go deep
and he filled it with epoxy. Since the wood is dryer now
and a finish applied, there should not be any further
problem with it expanding. Hardware is brass. All of the
parts have been aged. I did the engraving on this one.
This gun has a rear sight added that has a nice silver
band inlayed on it. There is a little filler here and
there to fill small gaps but overall the gun looks good.
The gun is new and has not been fired.
(Original trade guns used beech
because it was a cheap wood in the 18th century and only
used on trade guns, never on higher quality weapons. It
was widely used for woodworking planes as well since it
is hard and dense. Finding some that is long enough for
a gun stock is difficult. I have searched for more beech
for stocks but no one will carry it due to the unstable
nature when drying. Once dry the wood is very stable.)
Weight is 8 lbs.
8 ozs. Length of pull is 13½".