W Moore & Co double rifle?

Help Support Muzzle Loading Forum:

tiger955

40 Cal.
Joined
Aug 1, 2009
Messages
232
Reaction score
2
Was in my local gun shop today and he has a .45 cal. percussion muzzleloading double rifle. The only markings I saw on it were W Moore & Co, and .45 caliber. It has a large block raised between the barrels at the breech that someone mounted a scope on, and no front sight. I thought at first, due to the style, that it was a small bore shotgun but a quick look in the muzzles it obviously has some pretty deep rifling.
It looks like pretty old gun but I didn't have time to inspect it closely. He has it marked at $500. Anyone have any info on one of these?
 

Zonie

Moderator
MLF Supporter
Moderator Emeritus
Joined
Oct 4, 2003
Messages
33,416
Reaction score
8,085
Location
Phoenix, AZ
There was a William Moore gunsmithing in 1850 in Rochester, New York.
Another (or the same?) William Moore was a general gunsmith at Windsor, Connecticut in 1860.
 

BE Wild Willy

40 Cal.
Joined
Jun 18, 2010
Messages
276
Reaction score
0
Howdy tiger955,

Can't tell you much about the gun but wouldn't mind seeing it. No worries about me purchasing, too po'. Is it in CC or in Reno? I'm up just north of Reno.
 

Guest
I’ve seen quite a few Moore & Co. shotguns.
What I have always heard is that they were Belgium guns trying to cash in on the name of well known British makers William Moore and Moore and Harris.
The Belgium guns were actually a little stronger (Not as much class, just stronger.) than the British guns because the barrels were brazed together instead of soldered. Check the underside of the barrels for Belgium proof marks. Also, there is usually evidence of the brazing visible at the muzzle where the ribs and barrels come together.
 

tiger955

40 Cal.
Joined
Aug 1, 2009
Messages
232
Reaction score
2
I am going to try to get back in there one day next week and look it over a little closer, maybe get some pics too. I can't really afford to be buying another gun right now but am curious about this one. Searching on line all I have found so far are the W Moore double shotguns. They are all break action modern type weapons, nothing on muzzleloaders, or rifles. This one is a double barrel side by side muzzleloader, with 2 hammers and triggers.
Wild Willy.. It is at the Nevada Gun Exchange in Carson City. If you would go in and buy it you would sure save me some cash at a weak moment. :v
 

Joel/Calgary

50 Cal.
Joined
Oct 19, 2004
Messages
1,251
Reaction score
5
If this is an original, maybe the topic should be moved to the firearms research forum?

Regards,
Joel
 
Top