Burgess rifle, anyone seen one?

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  1. sliclee

    sliclee New Member

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    I have seen and used, fired, many Burgess rifles, all in 44/40.
    Every single one of them was a lever action rifle.
    What you have is a shotgun.
    Uberti,just last year has made a replica of the Burgess, go to their web site.
    WOW, your gun is RARE.
    Colt manufactured this rifle in 1883 and when Winchester saw it they almost had a fit. They made a deal, Colt would stick to pistols, Winchester was about to produce one so They made the deal.
    In 1887, Im not sure about the date was when Colt came out with the Lightining rifle.
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  2. Shrapnel

    Shrapnel New Member

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    I have the Burgess wrist/slide action. You are speaking of the Colt-Burgess, which was a lever action gun. Colt came out with the Lightning in 1884, I have 2 of the first models in 38-40 and 44-40, as well as a Colt 1878 engraved 12 gauge...

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    Whitney Kennedy was mentioned in an earlier post, I picked up one of those in high condition. It is the early "S" lever in 44-40. Burgess was also instrumental in the development of this gun...

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  3. rjwnz

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    Wow, is all I can say, and that a quality firearm always seems to just look 'right' somehow, like a fine fighter plane does, thanks for posting, rjwnz
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    Great post, how'd I miss this one earlier??? All I can say is WOW ! Beautiful rifles Shrapnel !
  5. Shrapnel

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    I just picked up another Whitney Kennedy 44-40 in a rare Saddle Ring Carbine. It is in better shape than the rifle. I haven't had the opportunity to shoot it yet, but I will soon. It looks like this...

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  6. 45nut

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    Good Lord, I can't afford such beautiful toys, but I'm glad somebody can and more importantly, they're being shot like their makers intended.

    We're not worthy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:D :D :D :D
  7. Charon

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    My grandfather was a Circuit Judge in South Dakota and left me two Burgess 12 guage shotguns. One an engraved model with two barrels. The other a field model along the lines of the the one shown above. The field model had been shot with smokeless and the top blown off. It was repaired and was still used through the depression. Not pretty, but useful as of then. My dad was given two shells and told to bring home at least three pheasants. Ground shooting was a money and rear end saver.

    The high end engraved model has fine engraving with scenes on each side. The cuts are very fine, like a sharp pencil drawing and quite well done. All the barrels are damascus. My dad removed (and lost) the firing pins but I assume they could be remanufactured if I wanted to shoot gramp's guns. No pictures cuz the guns are locked up right now.
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