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Posted - 11/13/2003 :  4:13:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Just purchased a .45cal reproduction Mowery black powder rifle with a 30" Dixie scope. Frame is all brass - barrel is blued. Scope is brass.
45 is stamped on the side of the barrel near the nipple and WL Mowery is stamped on the top of the barrel.It also has adjustable open sights. No other manufacturer's marks. Does anyone know any background about the Mowery Rifle? Was it strictly a target rifle?
When were Mowery rifles introduced? It is an extremely heavy rifle.
Anything you can tell me about its history would be appreciated.

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Posted - 11/13/2003 :  7:51:24 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The reproduction Mowery rifles were manufactured in Olney, Texas
in the 1970's. Went bankrupt in 3 years. The brass receiver male
threads screwed into the steel barrel-a lot of failures at this spot.
They made rifles, carbines, and smooth bores.
Value???? Get what you can and run.

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Posted - 11/14/2003 :  12:37:37 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For many years there was a company that set up in the sheep sheds at the NMLRA walter Cline Range in Friendship, IN that was called Mowery Gun Works. They made several styles of the Mowery rifle that I saw at their booth with one having a brass frame. They also made a model with a steel frame and they did come in all types of lengths, calibers, and barrel weights. Mostly the were target rifles but the steel frame model was a hunter model. I wanted to buy one of the steel frame models many times but found other guns that I wanted more. Now I am sorry I did not get one. These guns were still being produced by Mowery Gun Works in the early 1990s. They are being produced now by this outfit:
Mowery Gun Works (Ethan Allan Rifles), P.O. Box 246, Dept. MB
Waldron, IN 46182, (317) 525-6181. Catalog: $2.50
Give them a call as to the rifle you have and they might be able to tell you more. Hope this helps.

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Posted - 11/14/2003 :  09:13:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
From what I've been able to gather researching the Mowery Rifle on the internet - my rifle was made by the ex-Ethan Allen company in Indiana. Unfortunately they don't have a web site. Its a beautiful rifle and very heavy. No papers came with the rifle and it looks like it has never been shot. I ran a clean patch down the bore and it came out clean.
I'll contact Mowery Gun Works by phone and also purchase their catalog.
Thanks for your help - I appreciate it.

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