Original 1860's target rifle

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  1. Sep 10, 2018 #1

    MLake

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    Hello All,

    You guys (and gals) are all a huge help a few months ago when I needed help with info on a custom flintlock that I bought. I'm hoping to tap into your collective wealth of information again!

    I recently purchased this .45 caliber targer rifle that I believe to be original to about 1860. The only markings on it are "D. BLOOM Ganges, Ohio" and four star designson the front of the barrel. I was told that this was possibly a union sniper rifle early in the civil war, before troops were issued any. I find this hard to believe due to the condition that its in, but I'm no historian. It has a single set trigger, with no markings on the lock. I bought it from a gentleman in Michigan, who purchased it from an estate sale in Colorado. I don't have many more details than that, but would love any help that you can provide. Please let me know if any different pictures would help.

    Thanks,

    Matt https://www.flickr.com/photos/142364761@N03/albums/72157701191142075
     
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    Zonie

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    Flickr says, when I click on your link,

    "This is not the page your looking for.
    It appears the album you seek doesn't exist".

    Could you try to get a link that will work?

    To post pictures I've stored on Flickr I open the picture, one at a time in another tab.

    Going to that tab, the picture has a bent arrow in the lower right hand area.
    Clicking on it opens several options to share the picture with others.

    Selecting the BBCode option, I copy it.

    When I return here I just "paste" the address in my topic.

    One thing I do is to remove some of my name towards the end of the address just to minimize information about me on the web.

    [​IMG]FLINTLOCK-PICKS by James, on Flickr

    I haven't tried setting up a album and sharing it on the web yet so I can't help you with that.
     
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    Claude Mathis

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    According to Flickr: "Matthew Lake hasn't made any photos public yet." (or created an album)
     
  4. Sep 10, 2018 #4

    MLake

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    MLake

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    I believe that I figured it out..
    https://flic.kr/s/aHsmsfbd8F
     
  6. Sep 10, 2018 #6

    sb 54 cal.

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    Still can't see it
     
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    MLake

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    Sorry about that, try this

    https://flic.kr/s/aHsmsfbd8F
     
  8. Sep 11, 2018 #8

    Heelerau

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    Lovely piece, a swiss style sheutzen rifle for off hand use, hence the palm rest. I doubt it would have been used during your late dissagreement as a sniper rifle. You would use a paper patched bullet. Have a look in Ned Roberts The Caplock Muzzle Loading Rifle, that will give you all the information to set her back up and going.
     
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    So which one of those Kiblers are you going to sell me Zonie?
     
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    SDSmlf

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    Please dump the checkerboard eyetest background in the future. Difficult, at least for me, to see.
     
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    excess650

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    I see a percussion schuetzen rifle as evidenced by the palm rest, buttplate, sights, and turned muzzle. Checking the twist might reveal whether it was rifled for ball or bullet.
     

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