Original 18. Century Germanic Jäger Rifle

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German Jäger

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Hello Friends,

For me was Christmas last Week!
I found in an Antique Store in Berlin Charlottenburg these beautyful German Jäger Rifle!! Ich was satisfied and buy it!!!
The Rifle is made by I. A. Hain from Thurnau near Bayreuth . The Beauty has many nice carvings a wooden Triggerguard with Brass Liner Single Trigger. The barrel was octagon in round Field to Field 15mm Groove to Groove 15,40mm the Barrel is Mirrow Shiny outstandig. But look at the Pictures!
Today i shoot it with a charge of 40grains Schweizer 3 a .550 Ball with 0.10 patch at 30 Meter it hits 30cm high and the Patch lies burning on the Ground!
Now i have question about Roundball Size Patch Size Powder Charge.
Also all about the Time of building the Gun!
Thank you
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The barrel was octagon in round Field to Field 15mm Groove to Groove 15,40mm the Barrel is Mirrow Shiny outstandig. But look at the Pictures!
Today i shoot it with a charge of 40grains Schweizer 3 a .550 Ball with 0.10 patch at 30 Meter it hits 30cm high and the Patch lies burning on the Ground!
Now i have question about Roundball Size Patch Size Powder Charge.
Beautiful gun. More like Christmas and your birthday on the same day.

If your bore measurements are correct, you may want to try a .580” ball, about .010”/0.25mm less than the bore diameter. A cotton patch that compresses to about .015”/0.38mm should be about right to grip the ball and seal off the grooves. I would continue with the 40 grain powder charge until I became more familiar with the gun. With a good tight ball and patch combination, the accuracy charge should be found between 50 and 70 grains, but you will not know for sure until you confirm it yourself when shooting the gun.

Again, that is a very nice gun.
 
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About 55. 14=1/2, 19=.75
About 55, but not really that close. Based on OP’s measurements, bore is .590” (15mm), and groove diameter is .606” (15.4mm). Reason I recommended a .580” roundball with patch material that compresses to about .015” a couple of posts back.
 

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Hello Friends,

For me was Christmas last Week!
I found in an Antique Store in Berlin Charlottenburg these beautyful German Jäger Rifle!! Ich was satisfied and buy it!!!
The Rifle is made by I. A. Hain from Thurnau near Bayreuth . The Beauty has many nice carvings a wooden Triggerguard with Brass Liner Single Trigger. The barrel was octagon in round Field to Field 15mm Groove to Groove 15,40mm the Barrel is Mirrow Shiny outstandig. But look at the Pictures!
Today i shoot it with a charge of 40grains Schweizer 3 a .550 Ball with 0.10 patch at 30 Meter it hits 30cm high and the Patch lies burning on the Ground!
Now i have question about Roundball Size Patch Size Powder Charge.
Also all about the Time of building the Gun!
Thank youView attachment 171669
Very beautiful!
 
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