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Offline cshirsch

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Aluminum inlays on original rifle
« on: December 30, 2018, 07:08:07 PM »
Aluminum inlays on an original longrifle by M. M. Benson, Bruceton Mills, West Virginia.  Aluminum was worth more than silver when this rifle was built.
















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Re: Aluminum inlays on original rifle
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2018, 07:46:26 PM »
The ALR library has another Benson with extensive aluminum furniture!!!!

http://americanlongrifles.org/forum/index.php?topic=2238.0

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Offline wvmtnman

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Re: Aluminum inlays on original rifle
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2019, 12:46:59 AM »
Personal message sent about rifle. 
     Thanks, Brian
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Re: Aluminum inlays on original rifle
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2019, 04:44:07 AM »
Would it be possible to get a close up of the rifles on the rack?  It would appear they are made with a pistol grip.  Would anyone know about what year the picture was taken?

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Re: Aluminum inlays on original rifle
« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2019, 08:11:19 PM »
 I think I read somewhere that the Crown Jewels of Sweden are mounted in polished aluminum, that’s how valuable aluminum was.

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Re: Aluminum inlays on original rifle
« Reply #5 on: January 06, 2019, 10:39:33 PM »
Aluminum does not occur naturally but is created by the reduction of bauxite - a very common mineral. It was difficult to produce because it required large amounts of electricity and high temperatures. Charles Martin Hall developed an economical process in the late 1880s which resulted in the start of the Pittsburgh Reduction Company (ALCOA). The production of aluminum really increased during the depression because of the cheap electricity produced by the TVA projects.

The tip of the Washington Monument is a 6.5 lb. aluminum casting - the largest ever done in 1884.

Offline cshirsch

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Re: Aluminum inlays on original rifle
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2019, 03:33:13 AM »
This rifle has returned to West Virginia.

Offline lexington1

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Re: Aluminum inlays on original rifle
« Reply #7 on: February 11, 2019, 12:05:10 AM »
Here is a Benson rifle with the same cheek inlay as the other two. I think this might be aluminum, but not sure.






Offline smokinbuck

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Re: Aluminum inlays on original rifle
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2019, 11:44:14 PM »
I have a Charles Meisner rifle from Muskingum County, Ohio with an aluminum inlay in the cheek piece. 1/2 stock percussion.
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Offline Uncle Miltie

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Re: Aluminum inlays on original rifle
« Reply #9 on: February 15, 2019, 05:46:12 AM »
I have a Philip Schantz rifle (Canal Fulton, OH) with an aluminum inlay on the heel of the stock.

Offline Dave Tercek

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Re: Aluminum inlays on original rifle
« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2019, 04:51:37 AM »
Is there an easy way to determine if a gun has aluminum or German Silver inlays ?