Need info muzzle loading rifle

Discussion in 'Black Powder Shooting / Muzzleloaders / Handguns' started by Tango1, Apr 24, 2020.

  1. Grizzley1

    Grizzley1 Well-Known Member

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    Ram Rod

    Wood stick at the end metal coating
    Circumference 1”
    Length 31 1/2”

    Barrel circumference 3 1/4”
     

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    Fantastic reference material.
    Thank you!
     
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    Yes on both counts. It's now bookmarked.
     
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    Griz, is that book by Frank Sellers?
     
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    I don't remember the authors name, next time I'm up in the store office I'll have a look. Like I said I should have made a note of author and publisher, I should have known the question would come up. :)
     
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    @sharps4590 yep Frank Sellers is the author. I did a search of my posts and found it on an old thread where I'd mentioned it. Lots of information in that book on some gunsmiths and of course others not so much. The title is "Gunsmiths of America".
     
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    Grizz,
    Regarding ram rod: More likely ram rod cut ...have you seen the pictures ?

    Thx
     
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    Yep but the view I am interested in is too dark and out of focus. It looks like the brass end on the rod has a hole in the center. A lot of ramrod ends are drilled and threaded to accept things like cleaning jags or other useful loading or cleaning tools.

    Sometimes the cap box on the butt stock was used to store these things instead of storing caps. I mostly kept a spare nipple in mine.
     
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    Officially I’m calling my rifle from 1871-1885 and can it falls under American Muzzle loader?
    Or any other names ???
     

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    Thanks Griz, I found one.
     
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    American muzzleloader is as good as any as is your choice of dates.
     
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    Thanks again... you guys did an amazing research and educate the city boy :) now I know when I need real info. who could I rely on.
    Have an awesome weekend
    Cheers
     
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    Well thank you Tango. Glad I didn't confuse things too badly.

    Weekend....here it's been rainin' like a cow peein' on a flat rock since yesterday afternoon. 'Course, for me every day is Saturday except for Sunday...:D
     
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    I'm assuming you found a copy of that book rather than a picket rifle of your own :) It's a shame that that rifle in the barrel shop office was messed with by some well meaning but ham handed person.

    The barrel was recut in modern times with a typical patched round ball type rifling and while the original back action lock came with it the tumbler was broken and our would be smith tried to inlet a larger back actioned lock that also failed in service.

    However it is much like Tango's rifle in shape and form and silver mountings. It too is missing the piston starter. It's been sitting in a corner of the barrel shop office ever since I started working up there.

    Tango your rifle is wonderfully well preserved, if the bore is as nice as the outside of the rifle you could probably shoot patched round balls once you determine the rifles caliber.
     
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