Great Great Grandads rifle makes meat.

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okawbow

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Well, a copy of his rifle...
A couple years ago, I made as close a copy of GGGrandads rifle I could using pictures. I believe his rifle was made in Illinois about 1850. There was no name on it except Leman on the lock plate. I used an original Leman percussion lock and original Leman butt plate and trigger guard. The wood was local maple. I made the double set triggers.
The 15/16”, .45 caliber caliber barrel is 38 1/2” long.

I hunted hard the 4 day Illinois second season and never had a shot. Friday was the first day of the 3 day muzzleloader season, and I hunted all day without seeing any deer, until this dandy buck appeared out of no where, climbing out of a deep creek bank. I was sitting against a large ash tree with the gun on my knee as the buck walked up to 40 yards and stopped angling toward me. At the shot, he went down kicking a little and then lay still.

I used a .445 round ball with a denim patch lubed with bear oil. The charge was 60 grains 3F Old Eynsford.
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Exceptional story! Congratulations. You'll remember that one forever. Amazing how you can hunt all day, see nothing, then in just seconds the whole situation changes. Great buck. :thumb:
 

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That is a beautiful rifle. You did a great job on that as well as honoring your elder. Good job on that buck too...
 

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Thanks, everyone, for the comments and Likes.
I built this rifle to be a family heirloom, since I can’t get the original back. I will pass this on to a Nephew with a bag and horn. I wanted to give the gun a little family history, and this hunt did that. I’m sure that in a couple generations, there will be tall tales about this gun.😁
 

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