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Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: Blevins Club Butt fowler
« Last post by Magungo1066 on May 16, 2022, 09:40:55 PM »
Price drop to 1700 plus you pay shipping.
Looking to move this guy!
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Antique Accoutrements / Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Last post by Hungry Horse on May 16, 2022, 09:28:13 PM »
 Gourds are pretty easy to form as they grow. My great grandmother on my Momís side of the family had a sewing ďbasketĒ formed from a half-a-bushel gourd that was grown in a square box made of chicken wire. It looked for all the world like a basket, because they stained it with some sort of stain, and wiped it off the high spots. It was made in Arkansas.

Hungry Horse
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Items for Sale/Wanted / Patch box hinge bending tool
« Last post by Dan Fruth on May 16, 2022, 09:25:28 PM »
 Hi Folks,
  I'm making up 12 hinge bending/forming tools. prices are $200 each + $10 shipping. These are first come first served. Send a PM to reserve your order.
  Thanks, Dan Fruth
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Antique Gun Collecting / Re: D Border lock
« Last post by Hungry Horse on May 16, 2022, 09:15:18 PM »
Rocky29? Your pictures are wonderful. They may not make the grade for others though. After all they donít have anybody's wood pile, or rock wall, to obscure all the fine details of your rifle. And we didnít get to see your work boots, or fuzzy slippers, or bare toes. Welcome anyway.

 Hungry Horse
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Contemporary Longrifle Collecting / ferguson rifle
« Last post by cable on May 16, 2022, 08:43:00 PM »
someone, or more than one, was looking for one.   just noticed one coming up at an auction.  it is a narragansett [ i have one ]  and these are not a perfect item, they are hard to find.

here is the link:

https://auctions.thegunrunner.com/lots/view/1-5W7FUQ/british-tower-ferguson-rifle-72-cal-flintlock-musket-32-barrel-bayo-stand
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Gun Building / Re: Goof ups in building.
« Last post by D. Taylor Sapergia on May 16, 2022, 08:37:35 PM »
D. Taylor...1/2" ramrod drill ??? That's a biggun!

It is indeed!  Mostly it means I don't have to taper my Hawken ramrods, but I do it anyway.
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Antique Accoutrements / Re: Gourd Powder Horn
« Last post by Darrin McDonal on May 16, 2022, 08:02:51 PM »
Gourds were common powder storage containers seen with cloth covered corn cob stoppers.
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Items for Sale/Wanted / Re: For Sale: R.E. Davis Colonial American Flintlock
« Last post by DavidC on May 16, 2022, 07:26:48 PM »
I'd like this one.
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Contemporary Longrifle Collecting / Re: Brennan pistols
« Last post by T*O*F on May 16, 2022, 07:21:44 PM »
In light of the recent discussion on where the flint strikes the frizzen, it is interesting to note that on this pair.  Same kind of locks and flints seem to be similarly placed.
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When an early rifle is badly damaged and must be restocked, it becomes very difficult to figure out its earlier history since so much of the original gun is lost in the rebuild, in this case all the original York carving and mountings such as patchbox, guard, butt plate, and inlay work. Your rifle has an early Heckert barrel that has been shortened on both ends when reused to make this much later circa 1850's half-stocked rifle. The later guard style and slight "fish belly" lower butt line suggest the gun was most likely restocked in the Midwest.  Beyond that, it's difficult to provide much more information on either the current rifle, or what the original Heckert rifle looked like. Your rifle has an interesting family history, and perhaps that's its most valuable part.

Sometimes these old rifles, if well used, appear to be a smooth bore when in fact the rifling is simply worn out and "almost" gone. Other times, when large game was gone, the bore was reamed out to a smooth bore for shooting shot at small game. Without knowing its current bore size, or seeing a good view of the muzzle and bore, it's hard to tell which is the case with your rifle from what has been posted. Hope this helps you understand your family rifle better.

Shelby Gallien
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