A. Wurfflein 40/41 caliber Muzzleloader - German Silver - Rifled

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  1. Jason Pollard

    Jason Pollard New Member

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    I am looking for information on a muzzleloader I recently acquired. I know that it made by Andrew Wurfflein - Philadelphia PA - It has a Rifled bullet in the Patchbox - Great Condition. Any Information/Value I could get on the rifle would be appreciated. (Barrel goes from 16 to Octagon to Round

    I will upload a couple of images.

    Jason
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  2. Iron Eagle

    Iron Eagle Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the forum. I can't say anything other than it looks brand new!
     

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    That rifle is incredible....I have to ask, and please don't be insulted...is that an original in original condition, restored or a fairly new rifle? Whichever it is it is beautiful.

    The name Wurfflein seems familiar to me but I can't put a finger on it. I have a couple reference books and will check them. 16 sides to octagon to round was.....somewhat frequently done....by the Germans, Swiss and Austrians. It wasn't common but a person sees a few around. Would love to see the rifle in its entirety, both sides, top & bottom. You have a jewel there.
     
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    Son-of-a-gun!! Must be an original!!! ampaterry, thanks for that link. That's quite a plains rifle too. Gotta love them Kraut gunmakers.
     
  6. Jason Pollard

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    Thanks for the post... It is original. I can't see anything that has been refinished. Missing the original Spring Peep and Adjustment screw (just behind Hammer) Other than that, I would say it is in Great shape.
     
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    Andrew Wurfflein born about 1807 in Bavaria was in Philadelphia by 1840s, listed as a gunsmith 1850-1870, and died there 1872.

    His son William born 1847 Philadelphia continued the business during breech-loading era, and died there 1922.

    Andrew made excellent copies of the Henry Deringer as well as long guns.
     
  9. Grizzley1

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    Beautiful rifle, I'd be proud to have it in my vault except I'd be far too tempted to put a ball down range with it, got to ask, is the bore as nicely preserved as the outside of the rifle?

    And could you show a picture of the barrel's transition from 8 to 16 to round.
     
  10. Jason Pollard

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    Pictures attached


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  11. sharps4590

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    That rifle is drilled for a false muzzle. With the rear sight you mentioned is missing, the front sight and the muzzle drilled for a false muzzle that was someone's prized target rifle. That explains a great deal about its condition.
     
  12. Grizzley1

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    Wow, love the knurling that was done at the muzzle, thanks for sharing your prize with us.