Re: Help! Old Muzzleloader Rifle I.D with detailed Pics!
You don't have to shut up. Remember you said the forum was great for an exchange of ideas and knowledge. I don't know where you are But if you are close enough drive up to Friendship Indiana. Google NMLRA and look at the videos they have. There is a week long shoot the second week of June and again the second week in Sept.
Well something bothered me about that gun. The OP is vague about where the gun is from. Something about somebodies father had it. I went back to the pics and blew them up. I now believe it's a modern gun not an antique.
The reasons for this is:
1. The barrel is to short and the sights are modern. The rear sight looks like a flip up.
2. I dug out a repro Goulcher lock I have. It looks like the one in the pics. They are made by R. E. Davis and Co. You can by them at Friendship.
3. The ramrod ferrells are soldered to the barrel. It should have an rib under the barrel for the ferrells.
4. There is no barrel key to hold the wood to the barrel. It should be half way between the front of the lock and the poured nosecap.
5. It has a single trigger. All the original halfstocks I have seen have double set triggers.
New parts can be "aged" with little problem. The gun is just to clean to be 150 years old.
My opinion yours may vary
Last edited by rammed; 01-20-2010 at 06:18 PM..