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Mr. Lancaster's smooth rifle
Aug 22nd, 2017 at 1:34pm
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Ordered by DR. Lindley in 1862, likely as a retirement present to himself. .50 cal Oval bore, 415 gr. prichet style paper patched gun. I thought some of you may enjoy it.

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Re: Mr. Lancaster's smooth rifle
Reply #1 - Aug 22nd, 2017 at 7:04pm
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Nice Very Nice!

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Re: Mr. Lancaster's smooth rifle
Reply #2 - Aug 22nd, 2017 at 9:08pm
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Pretty darn nifty!
  

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Reply #3 - Aug 23rd, 2017 at 10:39am
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Beautiful rifle. Would probably make a good Elk gun.
English workmanship in that period is probably the best ever.
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Re: Mr. Lancaster's smooth rifle
Reply #4 - Sep 12th, 2017 at 4:40am
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Oval bore rifles had the reputation to be rather insensitive to fouling - maybe you should try to see if that is true...  There are even contemporary reports about firing a blank charge to foul the barrel, followed by normal loads with bullets, and each successive firing was reported to leave the bore cleaner and make loading easier...
  
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Reply #5 - Sep 12th, 2017 at 7:25am
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Stunning example of 19th Century British gunmaking at its finest.
Great to see that it's been all kept together and in such fine condition.
  
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Re: Mr. Lancaster's smooth rifle
Reply #6 - Sep 12th, 2017 at 12:01pm
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IS there a twist to the oval?
  

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Reply #7 - Sep 17th, 2017 at 7:10am
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The oval is the rifling, so yes - and in a Lancaster, a gain twist of course...
  
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Reply #8 - Sep 17th, 2017 at 12:59pm
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Is there that level of craftsmanship anywhere anymore? Certainly not from the major suppliers that I have seen. A fine old piece for sure......


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Re: Mr. Lancaster's smooth rifle
Reply #9 - Sep 18th, 2017 at 12:48pm
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I once held an Alex Henry falling block in 577-500 BPE in my hands - truly a marvel of craftsmanship, seems like the  wood grew around the metal and the lock...  And that lock!  Now that was some precision work indeed!  Can't afford it unfortunately... Sad
  
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Re: Mr. Lancaster's smooth rifle
Reply #10 - Sep 18th, 2017 at 1:12pm
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The late Don Brown of Yakima, WA did awesome work.  Most guys would have to get a mortgage to buy a rifle.  Craftsmanship is out there if you can afford it.  One of his rifles I know of was in the 15k range.  I don't remember the exact price.
  

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