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Long Rifle Information Requested

ClabberClabber Member Posts: 60 ✭✭
I recently purchased a long rifle as part of a collection and I would appreciate any information concerning its age, school, any unique characteristics and estimated value. It is rough shape, especially the stock and lock. I think it is an original. It has iron furniture like a VA or Appalachian gun. I've never seen rifling exactly like this one. The builder was not especially artistic and I question his skill level based on fit and finish of the stock and metal. I wished these guns could talk. Thanks in advance for any comments. I apologize for so many photos. Clabber
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Comments

  • anderskandersk Member Posts: 3,825
    edited November -1
    Like you say it is pretty rough, but still a nice old gun. Probably a replica, right?
  • navc130navc130 Member Posts: 970 ✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I agree that it is most likely a Appalachian rifle of late period 1850 to 1900. It also could be from Western Kentucky or Indiana. It is a plain but well constructed rifle. You are very fortunate that the stock is not broken and it is complete witn no missing parts. For a plain, using rifle I would put it at Good + condition. Value $300+ (my opinion).
  • allen griggsallen griggs Member Posts: 34,020 ✭✭✭✭
    edited November -1
    I doubt that is a replica. Looks like the real deal to me.
  • BobSmBobSm Member Posts: 11 ✭✭
    edited November -1
    As already noted, it looks to be an iron-mounted, Southern "poor boy" in maple with a Spence-style set trigger. The barrel appears to be uncut, so don't try to shoot it without a complete dismantle of breech plug and drum to insure you still have barrel wall thickness in those areas. This rifle was poorly cared for...hence the corrosion of the lock and breech compared to the trigger...and was probably stored loaded. Loaded guns rot from the inside out in areas you can't see with a borelight.

    A nice, untouched example. Limit what you do to the original finish to one of these kits:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/290800661769?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649
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