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rodthompson1

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Hi all; I joined this site to learn more of my great uncle's plains rifle he carried across the plains to California in the late 1860's. It's an unusual gun with a 38 1/4" barrel measured from the end to the joint where it screws against the plug. It has a 1" octogonal barrel with a 50 cal hexagonal bore (measured between flats) with a 1 in 48 twist. The trigger assy. has a set trigger. It is a cap and ball short stock rifle. I've taken it completely apart and also researched for hours. I haven't been able to learn it's make as I couldn't find any obvious markings or sure comparisons with any of the known guns. I could send a photo if it was allowed.
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Rod
 

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You can post photos here and that would be the best place to start. You said you have taken the gun apart- are there any markings on the barrel, lock plate, under side of the barrel or inside of the lock plate?
 

rodthompson1

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Hi. Thanks for your interest. I didn't take the lock plate apart. When I took the gun apart before, I didn't see any obvious markings. Since then, I have learned I need to take it apart again to look at some specific areas. I took some great pics, editing them for the web but will now need to learn how to post them. The area where the cap nipple screws in looks like it may have been modified to retrofit a flintlock to a percussion cap. As soon as I learn how to post the pics, they'll be there. Thanks again
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If you want to send the pictures to me I will post them for you. PM me if you want me to do it. Ron
 

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It appears to be a fairly typical rifle of the late percussion era, back action lock, drum & nipple ignition as best I can tell from the photos. There's no telling who made it. There were many thousands of gunsmiths making rifles of that style and very few were famous names.
 

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Good job with the photo's, I'd like to see a cloaser shot of the lock/breech area with the trigger if possible.
 

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I am NOT suggesting that you try to correct your gun but if you are interested, the bolster that the nipple screws into is screwed too far into the barrel.

That is the reason the nipple is pointing straight up rather than being tilted back so that the hammer could hit it squarely.

As I say, you should probably leave things alone because it may be almost impossible to rotate the bolster without damaging it.
 

rodthompson1

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Thank you all for your input. You have been a help in helping me understand the source of the great great uncle's gun.

Blessings,

Rod
 
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