When did the hole came in?

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fillwa

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Great information! I am curious when the hole in the Top Jaw Screw appeared in the American Long rifles made in the 18th century, eg Lancaster Long Rifle.
 

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Probably when some gunsmith realized it’s easier to put a hole in it than a slot and easier to make a ramrod fit the hole than make a screwdriver,faster too.
 

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In the following link, go to the second photo of a group of locks. Look carefully at number "(3.) A flat British export pattern having a distinctive right angle in the lockplate forward of the frizzen and a panoply of arms engraved on its tail (c. 1730-1760)." Notice the hole through the Top Jaw Screw?

Hunting Guns in Colonial America (ladybemused.com)

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It looks like No. 4 is a cap lock. (looks like)
 

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