Can I fire this?

Discussion in 'Percussion Rifles' started by justinjtm, Jul 12, 2019.

Help Support Muzzle Loading Forum by donating:

  1. Jul 15, 2019 #21

    Grenadier1758

    Grenadier1758

    Grenadier1758

    58 Cal.

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2004
    Messages:
    3,369
    Likes Received:
    454
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    Also you may run a damp patch on a cleaning jag. You should hear air rush out the nipple. There should be no feel of compressed air as you run the patched jag to the breech.
     
  2. Jul 15, 2019 #22

    justinjtm

    justinjtm

    justinjtm

    Pilgrim

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2012
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    1
    Thanks for all this great advice. I am letting a local gunsmith go through it first. He said is is happy to do so as he has never seen one from this manufacturer and doesn't see many underhammers.
    What's surprising to me is this seems like a very primative design not as flashy as others I see but he said this is a very nice gun. Although, maybe he says that about all the old guns he works on but was still cool to hear.
     
  3. Jul 15, 2019 #23

    Grenadier1758

    Grenadier1758

    Grenadier1758

    58 Cal.

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2004
    Messages:
    3,369
    Likes Received:
    454
    Location:
    St. Louis, MO
    Your gunsmith is correct. That is a very nice gun with a great piece of curly maple for the butt stock, nice inlays and general tight fitting of the hardware. There is an elegance in the simplicity of an underhamer that makes up for unnecessary flashiness.

    I hope this rifle checks out for you. I would limit my shooting to light loads.
     
  4. Jul 15, 2019 #24

    wcubed

    wcubed

    wcubed

    32 Cal

    Joined:
    May 10, 2019
    Messages:
    28
    Likes Received:
    19
    Location:
    Upstate NY
    What caliber is it?
     
  5. Jul 15, 2019 #25

    Juice Jaws

    Juice Jaws

    Juice Jaws

    54 Cal. MLF Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2006
    Messages:
    1,600
    Likes Received:
    544
    Location:
    Near Yosemite Park
    You and I think the same
     
  6. Jul 16, 2019 #26

    justinjtm

    justinjtm

    justinjtm

    Pilgrim

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2012
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    1
    No idea, these are the only markings.
     

    Attached Files:

  7. Jul 16, 2019 #27

    bang

    bang

    bang

    40 Cal

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2011
    Messages:
    450
    Likes Received:
    123
    36 maybe 40
     
  8. Jul 16, 2019 #28

    Zonie

    Zonie

    Zonie

    Moderator Staff Member MLF Supporter

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2003
    Messages:
    28,513
    Likes Received:
    1,177
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    If you have a tape measure, ruler or something similar you can measure the distance from the smallest flat (curved?) area to the one on the opposite side. It looks like there are 6 rifling grooves so measuring the distance should be fairly easy.

    If the distance is close to being 3/8 of an inch the bore is probably a .36 caliber. If it is close to 7/16 of an inch it is probably a .45. If it is 1/2 inch it is a .50 caliber.

    Let us know what you find. :)

    As a side note, my book on American firearms makers says,
    "Stevens, A.C. 1855-1873, Made percussion match and target rifles at Hudson, New York." Not much new information for you except maybe the date period the gun was probably made.
     
  9. Jul 16, 2019 #29

    justinjtm

    justinjtm

    justinjtm

    Pilgrim

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2012
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    1
    The bore is exactly 1/2 across on the inside edges
     
  10. Jul 16, 2019 #30

    justinjtm

    justinjtm

    justinjtm

    Pilgrim

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2012
    Messages:
    10
    Likes Received:
    1
    3542EEB8-73B3-4C1C-AAA4-1EF1679546C9.jpeg I was able to find this small write up from a resource on local history. Kinda neat as it makes mention to another somewhat local company Remington Arms.
     
  11. Jul 18, 2019 #31

    Gene L

    Gene L

    Gene L

    54 Cal. MLF Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2015
    Messages:
    1,811
    Likes Received:
    91
    Location:
    Georgia
    Nice rifle. For some reason, underhammers were more popular in New England that other places.
     

Share This Page

arrow_white