Jump to content


Photo

The Arrival Of A New Friend To The House. (Picture Heavy)


  • Please log in to reply
12 replies to this topic

#1 cayugad

cayugad

    Hunting Resource

  • Moderators
  • 881 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:51 PM

For the last seven months, I have waited patiently for the arrival of my new friend at the house. I have had some interesting emails sent to me by one individual that will remain unnamed as to whether I was bluffing about this, or not. I just laughed it off and took no offense as I am sure they were kidding. But I am proud to introduce the newest and hopefully the last arrival at the Cayuga collection.

The new friend of course is my custom made .54 caliber rifle from Tennessee Vally Muzzle loading. The rifle is an Early Lancaster Model. It has;


Premium + full length maple wood stock
Chambers lock.
Davis Silver trigger
Colerain Swamped 42" 1-54 roundball twist barrel .54 caliber
German Silver Patch box
German Silver back plate
German Silver Butt Plate
German Silver Nose cap
German Silver Front Sight
German Silver Trigger Guard

1-DSCN0537_zps6d331b67.jpg

kind of hard to get a full length picture of this

2-DSCN0538_zps17ba6d0e.jpg

I like the looks of the patch box. It really set off the tone of the rifle.

3-DSCN0539_zpsed8466e9.jpg

the German silver nose cap and front sight makes a nice look.

4-DSCN0541_zpsa07580b7.jpg

German Silver back plate and trigger guard

When I first pulled it out of the box, I was amazed at how light that rifle really was. It felt light then my Lyman Great Plains Rifle Flintlock. I am guessing the swamped barrel has something to do with that. And next, when I shouldered it, with your hand right in front of the trigger guard on the meat of the stock, it balances almost perfect. Again, the swamped barrel I am guessing. The wood is beautiful and the hand rubbed finish is about perfect as I could have wanted.

This last picture really shows the extreme some people will go to.

6-DSCN0543_zps5b252d47.jpg

This is the new shooting house. I built a 25x12 addition on the garage. With a little chain saw work, or I could just shoot it clear, I will be able to shooting from indoors, with a wood stove to keep me toasty in the winter, cleaning tables inside, and all the tools to handle any kind of emergency. Something I always wanted.

The only bad news is I have a cataract on my shooting eye and can not even shoot my new rifle. Can you imagine the frustration of that. Also I have to make an adjustment to my gun rack as due to length, this this will not even fit under the shelf of the rack. But a hole sawarrow-10x10.png, and a little stain will make a very secure spot for the new arrival.

I have not named the new rifle yet. But any suggestions, I am all ears. And the eye gets fixed this month. I will just have to wait to shoot it. Right?


"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, a total wreck with a big smile on your face."

#2 PA RIDGE RUNNER

PA RIDGE RUNNER

    Life Member

  • Authors
  • 5,702 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 04 November 2013 - 05:37 PM

That is one truly beautiful rifle.  Almost too pretty to shoot.  Note that I said almost.  Can't wait to see it make some smoke.  About the cataract thing.  I had them removed from both eyes and for the most part it was a piece of cake.  Before, I was very near sighted and had to wear very thick glasses to correct it.  The surgeon placed corrective lenses during the operation and now I do not need to wear any glasses except for close work as I am now far sighted.  The neat thing is the operation only takes about 10 minutes.  If you need both eyes done they will only do one and then about 6 weeks later do the other one.  As for a name how about Esse derived from Tennessee or Valery a corruption of Valley.


If God had a refrigerator would your picture be on it.
Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the titanic by professionals.

#3 cayugad

cayugad

    Hunting Resource

  • Moderators
  • 881 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 04 November 2013 - 08:49 PM

The ophthalmologist I am seeing is going to put a lens in also.  He said that after the surgery and healing process I will be able to see long distances clear and with no glasses.  He explained its about a 30 minute surgery,  They are going to numb the eye with drops and I will be awake.  Not sure if I like that idea but he said its easy, 

 

He already did all the tests and measured the eye for something. I am guessing the lens. So we are all set.  I still have to have a physical.  They like to pass the buck around you know.  And to make sure your able to handle the surgery.  They don't even put you under anymore for this.  He said if it goes well and my vision is restored, he will consider doing the other eye, so I can basically go without glasses.

 

I waited a long time for this rifle.  But it really is a beautiful rifle.  I can't wait to shoot it.  The ophtbamologist said there is a healing time during which he does not want me stressing the eye.  He did not say what that amounted to.


"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, a total wreck with a big smile on your face."

#4 Jeremiah

Jeremiah

    Hunting Resource

  • Owner/Admin
  • 3,087 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Western Pennsylvania
  • Interests:God, Family, Hunting, Archery, Outdoors, Computers, Website Development...

Posted 05 November 2013 - 06:51 PM

Best of "luck" with the eye!

 

As to the rifle; what else is there to say but stunning?!


PA IHEA & NBEF/IBEP Instructor

sig_admin.png


#5 Spirithawk

Spirithawk

    Never Logs Off

  • Members
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 4,343 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 06 November 2013 - 05:30 PM

Awesome and it couldn't have found a better home! :)



#6 REDGREEN

REDGREEN

    Hunting Resource

  • Moderators
  • 1,461 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Interests:Hunting, fishing,wood carving, waking up with a pulse

Posted 07 November 2013 - 12:34 PM

Bessy looks GOOOOOOOD! I'm jealous! If it shoots as good as it looks, you have a new friend. Just don't neglect the others now. :hunter:



#7 PA RIDGE RUNNER

PA RIDGE RUNNER

    Life Member

  • Authors
  • 5,702 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 07 November 2013 - 06:35 PM

Cayugad it will take several weeks of healing time.  I believe I had my optomitrist check my eyes three weeks and declaired me almost completely at about 5 weeks.  I had the opportunity to fire a 5o bmg at only two weeks after my first surgery and had the good sense to decline much to the surprise of my ego.  Now I wish they had a fullproof operation or medicine to eliminate all the floaters that have been in my eyes for a long time.  There is an operation but it involves draining the eye, cleaning the fluid and replacing the clean fluid.  The two objections is 1 it is extremely expensive and the possibility of total blindness is significant.  Guess I will just look through the spots for the rest of my life.

 

Have you selected a name for your new baby yet.


If God had a refrigerator would your picture be on it.
Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the titanic by professionals.

#8 cayugad

cayugad

    Hunting Resource

  • Moderators
  • 881 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 08 November 2013 - 08:43 PM

He mentioned up to a two month healing time after the implant.  But he also was saying how I have to go back and see him on a regular basis to check the healing.  Did you have to wear sun glasses all the time after that?  He did mention eye drops four times a day for a month.


"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, a total wreck with a big smile on your face."

#9 PA RIDGE RUNNER

PA RIDGE RUNNER

    Life Member

  • Authors
  • 5,702 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 10 November 2013 - 09:24 AM

When you do get the new lenses you will experience a brighter view of the world and yes sunglasses will help a lot.  You do need them a lot at first but less as time goes on.  I was amazed at how much vision I had lost and marveled at the brightness of colors.  I found that wraparound type sunglasses were best for me.  My dr prescribed 4 drops a day for a week,  3 drops a day for another week and so forth till after week four with only 1 drop a day I was done.  Yes it is a little disruptive but the gain of vision again was worth the healing committment.  After a couple of weeks I did some shooting but with a rifle holder that took the recoil for me.  Mine is similar to a lead sled in operation. The brand name is Boyt.  I do wear shooting glasses to protect my eyes from debris and still do that even today.  I like the yellow ones as it brightens things up on a dull day.  I a lot of times wear them when hunting as I alway wore glasses and lost my blink reflex due to that.  I still regret not having the chance to fire off that big old 50 BMG as that would have been a lot of fun.  Oh well maybe someday.


If God had a refrigerator would your picture be on it.
Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the titanic by professionals.

#10 cayugad

cayugad

    Hunting Resource

  • Moderators
  • 881 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 29 November 2013 - 11:59 AM

The surgery was a sucesses I gues you could say.  They never even put me under.  I laid there and watched them work on my eye until they pulled the cataract.  Then after they installed the new lens I laid there staring at the ceiling lights, in crystal clear vision.  He supplied me with wrap around sun glasses.  And I am on the drop regement.   The eye is a little sore at night after viewing all day.  And now the glasses I used to wear give me a headache.  Yet I am required to wear them to drive.  But I see long distance without glasses like an eagle.  I think I will get the other one done soon.


"Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, a total wreck with a big smile on your face."

#11 Jeremiah

Jeremiah

    Hunting Resource

  • Owner/Admin
  • 3,087 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Western Pennsylvania
  • Interests:God, Family, Hunting, Archery, Outdoors, Computers, Website Development...

Posted 29 November 2013 - 03:44 PM

This is good news. :)


PA IHEA & NBEF/IBEP Instructor

sig_admin.png


#12 REDGREEN

REDGREEN

    Hunting Resource

  • Moderators
  • 1,461 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Interests:Hunting, fishing,wood carving, waking up with a pulse

Posted 29 November 2013 - 05:33 PM

That's excellent! Naomi had hers done in July, and she no longer wears glasses, and sunglasses are a must.



#13 PA RIDGE RUNNER

PA RIDGE RUNNER

    Life Member

  • Authors
  • 5,702 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 29 November 2013 - 07:14 PM

Great news!!. My Dr gave me a paper to use if stopped without my glasses to prove I did not need them as my drivers license was coded that I had to wear them.


Edited by PA RIDGE RUNNER, 29 November 2013 - 07:18 PM.

If God had a refrigerator would your picture be on it.
Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the titanic by professionals.




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users