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    Nepalese Brunswick Musket

    IMA put these on sale for $150.00 off about two months ago and I bit. The big selling point was the bayonet which by itself seemed almost worth the total cost for the two items.

    I was in a mood and I actually refused to take any before photos. A purposeful move and not exactly sure why but I don't really regret it. The musket came covered in the usual hard dried grey/brown crud and my past experience with these has been quite a bit of rust along the wood line and all the iron/steel parts through the wood leaving big rotted holes.

    This one was different. The more I cleaned the metal the better it looked. Almost no rust or pitting anywhere on this thing.

    The wood stock was cracked very badly at the wrist area. Almost broken in two which was a huge disappointment for me and maybe why I didn't take photos. If it didn't repair well, not much point in them. Other than that, no rust holes through it, no rot but some worm holes. Lots of brass fittings and they cleaned up fairly bright just taking the crud off it. Only thing it was missing is the front barrel key. Spring is good and it functions fine.

    The stock was the battle. I cleaned it pretty thoroughly with citristip and left it dry well. then about six phases of gluing each individual crack by opening it as far as I dared and pushing gorilla glue into it with a needle and then awkwardly clamping it with six clamps each time. This process took about two weeks off and on. It now seems solid and while I can still see the repairs, they don't look too bad. May try some other things to hide them but for now I'm content.

    I am currently in the process of putting multiple coats of BLOicon on it. It's absorbing it still.

    So, a couple of questions, proper sling type being the first. Not sure what goes on this and net research hasn't been conclusive.

    The second may have to wait until I post photos but perhaps someone knows. I have never encountered a barrel like this one. I suspect it was made by rolling metal strips around a central pin/post and hammer forging it together. I'm pretty sure this is an old method of barrel making but this is way before my general period of interest. You can see the spiral pattern in the barrel and also feel it to a degree.

    If you are curious as to what it looked like before, these are the sales photos from IMA and this is basically what mine looked like with added nearly broken in half stock at the wrist.

    https://www.ima-usa.com/collections/...ched-condition

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    Neat old guns, looking forward to pics after you get it to where you're ready...
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    Nice project piece and a very attractive wall hanger when completed

    Dare I ask what the bore is like?

    Looking forward to seeing the results of your considerable efforts...

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    It's a smoothbore and what I can see looks good. I have no intentions of firing this. I can almost get my thumb inside the barrel. I did get the BLOicon to shine a bit and took some photos yesterday so I should have them uploaded soon. It's rough but I didn't really want it to be a full restore even though they look pretty nice. I might take it a little further depending on what everyone thinks.


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    I think this is four coats of BLOicon and then polished with a soft cloth. I did very little sanding to the stock other than the wrist area after I was done gluing. I did nothing to the brass other than clean off the Yak grease. Same with the metal with the exception of the flat area below the nipple. This was dented very badly and I polished it up a bit. The only rust on this is the two sling swivels and a few of the screws. I replaced the original steel screw at the rear of the lock with a brass one, may go back to steel. This was the only screw that was deteriorated so badly I felt it needed replaced. The patch box cover is one of their replacements and did not fit. I still need to do something with the "latch" mechanism. They included a very rough steel one and it looks like crap. The bayonet again I did nothing with the brass other than get the Yak grease off. The blade I did sand very lightly with 400 grit as this did have some rust on it. When this arrived you couldn't see much of anything under the grime. I was pleasantly surprised to see detail work around the edge of the lock and the hammer itself. It is carved to look like some kind of animal with eyes, etc.





































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    There is script on the trigger guard and on the bayonet lug. That's all the writing on the rifle other than some possible carved script on the stock. The bayonet also has some script. The rear sight has two sights, one which folds. My options are to leave it as it is. Possibly fill in the worm holes, grind down the butt plate so it fits the stick, fill the stock end so it fits tight against the butt plate. I could also replace the missing thin wood along the barrel but that would be a tough go. I'm leaning towards just letting it as is.

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    Looks VERY nice, ready to go up on the wall rack now...very nice.
    Regards, Jim

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    I think if Nepal followed Britishicon standards which seems likely at least, this should have a white sling with a brass buckle on it, something I can't locate. Other option would be black sling with buckle, can't find one of those either. Snider and Martini slings might have to do I guess but would think these would be too late. But Nepal was probably a few years behind on upgrading weapons so may be some crossover. I can find brown slings with buckle. Could dye one black I suppose. The white looks awesome however.

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