- Sep 16, 2020
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A few years back while perusing a local pawn shop, I came upon a plains rifle shoved back in the corner among it's more modern counterparts. I asked the owner if I could take a look at it and he told me, "those guns hadn't been cleaned yet." He wasn't busy at the time and as I had a good relationship with him (Mostly because I had bought several guns from him in the past). He let me look at it. It was dusty and needed a good cleaning. It was missing the ramrod and after fondling it for a bit we came to an agreement that I could have it for $150 the way it was - and no returns. I opened my wallet, pulled out the credit card, grabbed the gun and with a smile left. I found a temporary ramrod (still need to get a good hickory one), gave it a good cleaning and went out to the range. It shot wonderfully but I couldn't get it to half cock. Back home I took the lock off and noticed a lot of grease and dirt buildup, something I had neglected on the initial cleaning. I cleared it out with carburetor cleaner then oiled it up. Once back on the gun I slowly pulled the hammer back and walah! the definite click of half cock. I haven't fired the gun for three of four years but pulled it out after getting re-excited again about muzzle loading from joining the forum. It's a beautiful gun but I don't have a clue as to what it is or even who might havemade it. I'm posting some pictures with the hopes someone out there can throw me a bone. Even to identify the brand of barrel (36 inches) or the lock (short throw of about an inch) would be of great value to me. The only markings on it is shown in one of the photos. PS. Yes I do need to replace the bolster clean out screw with a non Phillips head!