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Offline Lucky R A

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Late Lehigh rifle
« on: October 12, 2020, 01:47:08 AM »
        A little while ago I posted some photos of how I inlet a Lehigh Co. style butt plate.  Tim Crosby asked that I post some photos of the completed rifle when completed.  It is now ready to go to its new home, so here are some photos.     Ron















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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #1 on: October 12, 2020, 02:16:25 AM »
I love it!
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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #2 on: October 12, 2020, 06:02:04 AM »
Simply amazing, I take my hat off to you.
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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2020, 08:08:11 AM »
That is one awesome rifle Ron!  Fantastic.  It really captures the feel of an original.

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2020, 03:24:53 PM »
I really appreciate your finish work on this one.  Very inviting.   God Bless,   Marc

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #5 on: October 12, 2020, 04:29:26 PM »
   Ron interesting side plates...looks like a well balanced rifle..
 The new owner should be super happy..Oldtravler

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #6 on: October 12, 2020, 06:36:07 PM »
Lucky, I own an original unsigned Lehigh longrifle that has very similar patchbox, toeplate, and side-plate to yours. Where did you get your idea for this rifle? I also notice that the side plate is partially nailed on with brass nails, so is mine, and the finial on the patchbox is secured with brass nails as well. On mine the brass nails aren’t headed, and are engraved over. My gun also has a fancy single trigger made of brass. My gun is a tapered barrel .45 cal. Smoothbore, that was converted to percussion.

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #7 on: October 12, 2020, 07:26:52 PM »
Very cool rifle.

Nice work,
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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #8 on: October 12, 2020, 08:06:50 PM »
Lucky, by the way, the barrel is marked by its maker that went out of business in 1815.

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #9 on: October 13, 2020, 02:08:41 AM »
I too love the sideplates. Very nicely done should be extremely pleased owner.

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #10 on: October 13, 2020, 04:28:19 AM »
Hungry Horse,  I sent you a PM regarding the original rifle.  Who was the maker of your rifle?
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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #11 on: October 13, 2020, 05:28:49 AM »
Great looking rifle, Ron!  I really like the warm finish, and overall “look”.  Love the wear plate!  Really nice piece!  Best,


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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #12 on: October 13, 2020, 10:33:00 AM »
Wow, gorgeous rifle for sure.
I really like it 😍😍😍

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #13 on: October 16, 2020, 12:44:12 AM »
Ron;
 Sent you a message, and got no reply. I will try to find some pictures of my rifle, if you’re interested.

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #14 on: October 16, 2020, 02:01:39 AM »
Spectacular work. Gorgeous rifle.

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #15 on: October 17, 2020, 04:47:06 PM »
 Ron;

 I also happened to remember another little oddity of this builder. The wrist inlay is oriented like yours, but mine has the owners initial engraved on it going with the wrist of the gun, to be read from the left side, rather than across, which is more common.

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #16 on: October 18, 2020, 03:21:56 AM »
Very nice Ron!

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2020, 02:10:20 PM »
She’s beautiful Ron. Reminds me of Brad B’s original. Was it the inspiration for this one?
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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #18 on: October 18, 2020, 08:03:49 PM »
         H.H.  I sent you some info. in a P.M.  By the very shape of the wrist inlay (see wrist inlay in my photos) it would seem easier to engrave initials as you describe.  I am guessing this was a convenience rather than trait of the builder.   
         Rob, yes Brad's Lehigh was the inspiration for this gun.  As soon as I get a little more caught up, I am going to duplicate another of his Lehigh Co. guns...Doing a Haines for Pheasants Forever right now. 

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #19 on: October 18, 2020, 08:59:36 PM »
Now there is a right pert fire stick.   bob

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #20 on: October 19, 2020, 03:03:34 AM »
Rob, thanks for what you do for nonprofits. Love the rifle. I was very tempted to take it off Brads hands. Glad to see it reproduced. There’s a bit of the signature left on it. I wondered if it was a Rupp
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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #21 on: October 19, 2020, 07:28:24 PM »
 The gun that was copied has some very distinctive features. I know this because I own an old wreck of a longrifle with many if not all of those same features. Those features are not common to guns made by Rupp. Although I have never found another gun with as many similarities to mine as the one Ron modeled his after, I have seen pictures of a gun with some of the features that was signed by a gunsmith named Baer.

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #22 on: October 20, 2020, 12:54:16 AM »
Never heard of Baer. We’re you able to locate him?
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« Reply #23 on: October 20, 2020, 01:54:38 AM »
Shreck, there seems to have been quite a few of them, but most were part time gunsmiths, that didn’t seem to sign much of their work. Les Baer the current builder of unmentionable handguns of the future is a descendant of this family.

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Re: Late Lehigh rifle
« Reply #24 on: October 20, 2020, 05:22:07 AM »
Seems similar to Stoffel Long, without the fancy side plate.
In His grip,

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