Yes, you're right. I've had about 3 ML rifle barrels shortened by my gunsmith; if I found a regular H&A I'd have it done, too. Not actively looking right now, but I check out couple local gun auctions, and surprising things sometimes show up.H&A 's. Will bring anywhere from $300 to whatever someone thinks it's worth. Like everything else, condition will dictate value. Any H&A can be a buggy rifle, it was just a short barrel nothing else. Buy whatever H&A you can find and cut, or replace, the barrel.
A long sleeve shirt is required to shoot these rifles if your left arm is under the hammer/nipple area.What would be reasonable for a Hopkins & Allen Underhammer Buggy Rifle. Not looking currently, but would buy one if it showed up at auction or something. Thanks. These were from the 1960's, I believe.
And I was rid of mine when it burned the crap outta my arm.Saw one over the weekend for $350, let it go.
"A long sleeve shirt is required to shoot these rifles if your left arm is under the hammer/nipple area."
Have heard that for years, I have been shooting under hammer rifles for 40 years with no problems.
No not really, I developed a flash diverter that works very effectively and lets you shoot in short sleeves if you wish without burning the crap out of your support arm.A long sleeve shirt is required to shoot these rifles if your left arm is under the hammer/nipple area.
Clever!I milled it out of a solid piece of brass and it fits onto the lower three barrel flats snugly and is held captive by the nipple flange through it's base. The contour fit to the barrel bottom three flats holds it secure from turning out of barrel alignment. The flash diverter base thickness was milled to make the nipple base flush with the bore interior contour when the nipple is fully seated. I did have to make a special T handle socket to remove the nipple and diverter for cleaning. The removable bottom cover on the diverter is held on by one scope screw and is milled to slide over the bottom of the main body so it cannot be twisted off it's seat.
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The hammer spur was removed to make it lighter and fall faster but it does not need to be to function. I cock it with a deer antler tine.