Rehabilitating a 200-year-old Jaeger Rifle

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Bob Smalser

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It's the screws that were made ca1800, not the screw plate.

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Hand-made, the lock bolts were drawfiled and aren't even round. Compare these to the screws made for a ca1810 Liege-made French military pistol below and you'll see those fasteners were cut or filed on a machine, probably a purpose-built screw lathe, and are much more uniform.

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I use 1840 as an approximate cutoff because country-made pieces still had a lot of work done the old-fashioned way.
 

Bob J

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Wes/Tex said:
What a pleasure to see such loving care taken to restore such an interesting old rifle. Bravo sir, very well done! :hatsoff:

I will second that...very informative, very well done!!
 
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Magnificent work on that old rifle, love the write up and all the work. I really think it's better to repair, and save them for future generations. I am a SAR as well, and it's great to have that lineage in your blood.
 

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Nice work and good post! It was a pleasure....and very educational...to read your description of the process.
 

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Just found this post. It was well worth the time and pot of coffee reading it. Beautiful restoration and documentation ! :cool:
 
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Wow. Nice work! I commend your skill and patience! Jaegers are very nice and appeal to the Tyrolean in me.

( I have a german heavily swamped Jaeger barrel with gold lettering sitting in my barrel rack. I pick it up and think what it might look like and then just put it back. )
 
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I rarely read every word of a long post. Yours is one of the few exceptions I don't have the necessary mental tools to do this type of work but I'm happy that you and others like you do.
Thank you.
 

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This is a great thread. Well done on the restoration work, the rifle looks great.
 

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A lot of would-be restorers would simply grab the acetone, wire brush, WD-40 and satin polyurethane and think they're doing a fantastic firearm restoration. This original post may be old but it is jam packed with information. A very well documented and informative post. This sixty-five year old certainly learned a thing or two. Thanks for posting and reposting.

Dan
 
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