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Lone Star Rolling Block Serial Numbers
May 18th, 2016 at 1:29pm
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With the demise of Dave Higginbotham and Lone Star Rolling Blocks is an unknown number of rifles Dave made.  If you own one or did ... would you be so kind to post the rifle's serial number and year made to be added to the list ... Thanks Kindly
001 - GeorgeC - 1993 ... see post of invoice
LS001 - 993 - Mike Johnson - no serial number (50-90)
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0044 - John Boy - ? Date, XXXX serial instead of XXX (45-70)
100 - Armslist Listing - ? Date
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105 - nineteen76 - ? Date
114 - Ray Newman - 1995
116 - Mike Venturino - 1997
132 - Mike Venturino - TBD
158 - Mike Venturino - 1998
190 - percival - 2001 -2002
191 - nineteen76 - ? Date
216 - lonestar40 - 40-65, 1-2-2001
22137 - Al Merkler's DOB - 2003
GAC 1876 - John in PA - ? Date
232 - SSShooter - ? Date
SN 5-238 - nineteen76 - ?Date
248 - Richard - ? Date
275 - Kenny - ?Date - On  Amoskeg
290 - Dave Roelle - 3-28-03, 40-65 engraved
291 - TexasMac -  Friends - ? Date
326 - Steve62 - ? 2004 or 2005
378 - nineteen76 - ? Date
384 - nineteen76 - ? Date, 45/70
384 - nineteen76 - ? Date, 50/70
oneatatime ... rebuild on 7mm action - no serial ... 2007
? serial number ...Gun Auction .... - 2007 auction
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370 - nineteen 76 - ? Date
387 - Mike Herth - 2008
401 - Mike Herth - 2009
408 - COBPTR -  2008 or 2009 
420 - Gun Broker - ? Date
429 - mickrb -  ? Date
995 - Singleshotsam - Custer - ? Date
Last Lone Star - Carey - 2011  -  Serial to be Dave's birth & death dates

Total production is guessed to be no more than 500 rifles and probably less than 500

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Reply #1 - May 19th, 2016 at 2:51pm
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Where did Dave stamp his serial number?  It is my understanding the some of the rifles Dave built used original Remington civilian and military actions.

There were two Lone Stars listed on GB a couple of weeks ago. One was in .30-40 Krag and the other IIRC was a .38-50.
  

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Reply #2 - May 19th, 2016 at 3:28pm
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This 50-70 that he built for me used my 7mm military carbine action.
  
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Reply #3 - May 19th, 2016 at 3:58pm
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Beautiful roller.  I have one he built in 1993 and will be posting information and a photo in the next couple of days.
  

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Reply #4 - May 19th, 2016 at 8:13pm
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Where did Dave stamp his serial number?

George, look on the bottom tang.  That is where my serial number is.

Oneatatime ... did Dave put a serial number on you action?  Also, what year did Higginbotham do the conversion for you?
  

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Reply #5 - May 19th, 2016 at 9:38pm
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I will look.  Also, some more info. sent via PM to you.

  

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Reply #6 - May 21st, 2016 at 2:08pm
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Here is a photo of my Lone Star that was taken by Rooster.  It was one of many photos that he sent me when I was doing a buy on this rifle from him.
I have the original invoice from Dave Higginbotham to the original buyer that the rifle was built for, but I could not find a serial number which was supposedly #001. No serial number was listed on the invoice.  I looked on the lower tang, under the soule sight on the upper tang, took the fore end off and no serialnumber.  On the top barrel flat (in scroll) was Lone Star Rifle Co.  In front of the fore end was 45 2.4 also in scroll. That was all the lettering and/or numbers I have found. The lower tang is not longer than the upper tang as on military rolling blocks.  The invoice listed the rifle as a "Deluxe Sporting rifle", 32" half octagon/half round barrel, "Zika Soule grip" sight.  Front sight listed on invoice is #492 Kyler front sight.  Invoice is dated 5/28/93. 
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Posted a photo of the serial number that Mike Brooks sent me.  The serial number (LS 0001) and is on the side of the upper tang. 

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Reply #7 - May 21st, 2016 at 5:10pm
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I know a friend here in town that has one of Dave's in .45-70 with the tough and ready site on it.  Nice looking rifle.  Probably, somewhere in 2011?? he got it from him.
  
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Mine was delivered to me late in 2007 and has no markings added by Dave except the 50 under the barrel in front of the foreend and the Lone Star logo on the buttplate.
  
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I know a friend here in town that has one of Dave's in .45-70 with the tough and ready site on it
Major, would you ask your friend what the serial number is?  Thanks
  

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Reply #10 - May 21st, 2016 at 6:43pm
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Check this out ... 2013
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Ken I have the last Lone Star that was made, it was the one that Dave had chucked in his mill the day he was shot and died. I made a trade with Dave and he was building this custom rifle in payment. Katha sent me the gun still needing some finish work which I am doing now and will serial number it to Dave when done. Sad when we loose a person with his ability, he built very nice rifles.
Carey

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Reply #11 - May 21st, 2016 at 8:47pm
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John Boy, Have you or anyone asked Katha Higginbotham if there is a list of rifles produced and who sold to?
  
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Reply #12 - May 21st, 2016 at 8:53pm
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Katha Higginbotham ran an ad in the Winter issue of Black Powder Cartridge journal listing some of Dave's personal guns for sell.
  

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Reply #13 - May 22nd, 2016 at 12:07pm
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John Boy, Have you or anyone asked Katha Higginbotham if there is a list of rifles produced and who sold to?
Tom, this was discussed on the Shiloh forum but no contact information to her was established

With her email address is the BPCR news - it's a can do
Katha47@suddenlink.net

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Added another photo to my reply.  It shows the serial
# LS 0001 on the side of the upper tang. 
  

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