Thanks for posting such detailed pics of this rifle. Its great to see some work from the earlier days of the ML resurgence. Its easy to see how Mr. Dawsons work would have influenced anyone who paid attention. Mr. Roller, your description of 'intense and dedicated inletting' is very accurate. Great work!
I do have a couple of questions about a couple of details of this gun that someone may be able to answer.
1. The nipple appears to be recessed into the hammer further than most percussion guns I've seen, and I don't think the nipple is shortened(if anything, it appears longer). Was this something found on the original this was based on? Looks like it would really contain any cap shrapnel (crapnel?).
2. The ramrod has 3 grooves that look like they could be for indicating 'loaded', or perhaps different loads? Also, there appears to be a small hole near the end of the ramrod. Would this have been for purchase, or grip, while maybe using a ball puller, or...?