Thank you for the compliment.
I am looking at using Durcoat, I plan to cover everything. I plan to use this for hunting and not shiny is better, IMHO.
The reason I made the parts from brass is, I can sweat solder them together and not require bolts and such. I think it will be more rigid and easier to assemble, time will tell.
I'm also working on molds to make an assembly out of glass fiber reinforced epoxy. That's another ball game.
As work progresses, I'll post.
Elkhart, IN USA