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ryang85:
After my first Bluewater trip a few weeks back, ive finaly decided i needed a real gun.  Ive been thinking about  speargun building for a while and decided now was the time to start so i had winter nights to work on it.  My 115 pathos sniper was awsome in the reefs but no way would i want to take it out for big game fish, a pipe gun wouldnt get the job done and i wanted all the power and range i can get. I figured i need to have a heavier gun to absorb the recoil but at the same time i know the importance of perfect ballasting.  After a lot of online research and constantly texting ablonejoe,  ive got a style in mind and i think ive got a solid idea of what i want.
 65" Padeuk and teak laminate,  enlosed 72" mori shaft,  neptonics tuna mech, probably going to add some 1" long tuna, dorado, and whatever i can make inlays made of ablone shell, and a hand carved handle.




Teak for durabilitly,  perfect density and strength, and the padeuk for the nice look. So i spent over an hour searching through piles of lumber to find the perfect peices and got pretty distracted by a awsome peice of flatsawn zebra wood, but it was 12 feet long of 8/4 thickness with a 750 dollar price tag,  being in college and short on money i had to stick with what i planned,    deffiantly going to find some flatsawn zebra wood for a different build another day down the road

  Got home and cut them up last week and glued them up today  using west systems 105 and 207,  still got a few months until the fun starts.  I will probably be getting ahold of all of the gun builders when the time comes. Mike N and Joe can expect some questions around thanksgiving.  Mike N.'s epoxy job( and entire gun)  is bullet proof on my little midhandle and looks like new after being tossed in the rocks for over a year now,  so im curious to find out if it was phil. H epoxy or G flex for the coating.   



 

DG:
It's a great start.  Hope it works out and allows you to expand your fish species. 


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the_derek:
Ill take one Ryan.

Mike n:
Looks good Ryan.  Use more clamps next time.  Be prepared to add lots of lead, teak is very buoyant.

Check out Resin Research.  I used it to finish your gun.

MN

ryang85:

--- Quote from: Mike n on September 13, 2017, 10:56:37 AM ---Looks good Ryan.  Use more clamps next time.  Be prepared to add lots of lead, teak is very buoyant.

Check out Resin Research.  I used it to finish your gun.

MN

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I had 5 more of these heavy duty plastic clamps  i thought would help, turns out they were useless so i wish i got more c clamps,  i put the metal bar so i could really crank down on what i had,  there were no gaps between the wood from what i could see so hoepfully it will be fine, 

 I plan smelting a lot of  half inch lead cylinders for making up for it.

and  i will look into that epoxy.

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