Antique Ohio Fullstock Rifle,
.38 caliber, 36" barrel,
percussion, maple, brass, repairs/restoration,
bottom of barrel marked by Royland Southgate
Part Number: AAT-571
Availability: In Stock
Price: $799.00
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This antique full stock Ohio rifle appears to have been made in the mid 19th century, and was later restored in the mid 20th century with the barrel marked by Royland Southgate, who was one of the first to offer contemporary muzzleloading parts. In the 1950's muzzleloading was gaining in popularity, but there were limited reproduction rifles available. Many antique rifles had their bores re-cut and were restored into serviceable guns. This percussion rifle is stocked in maple and trimmed in brass furniture with a poured pewter muzzle cap. The barrel has been re-cut to .38 caliber and is bright, having been well maintained. The percussion lock and the single lever double set triggers function as they should. Trigger reach is 14" and the rifle weighs 8.7 pounds.

The 36" octagon barrel has been re-cut to .38 caliber with a slow twist for a patched round ball. The exterior has aged to a dark brown with the many dings and scratches associated with an antique barrel. The bore is bright and has been well maintained. The top of the barrel has a filled dovetail just ahead of the breech, we suspect this barrel was cut back during the restoration and the bottom of the barrel is stamped McC for the now retired McC Custom Breeching. . There is also a filed hole just head of the breech, that was possibly used for mounting a peep sight at one point. A semi buckhorn rear sight is currently dovetailed 6-1/2" ahead of the breech. A rounded brass blade is dovetailed 1-1/4" behind the muzzle, and appears to be a modern replacement.

The stock is maple and has many scratches and dings. The stock does have a 1" crack along the bottom front of the lock panel. There is also a 4" crack extending back from the ramrod entry pipe. An old repaired 13-1/2" crack extends back from the muzzle cap along the right side of the forearm. From above the long straight pointed tang of the breech plug can be seen. There are some gaps along both sides of the tang. A single lock bolt passes through the stock to engage the trigger plate. The stock is retained to the forearm with large brass pins. The original barrel pins holes were plugged and new ones were drilled when the barrel was cut back.

The brass buttplate has a gentle curve in mid 19th century fashion. The triggerguard has a large bow to accept the double set triggers and is shaped with a spur on the bow and fish lip grip rail. The trigger guard is retained with a steel screw up front, and a brass screw in the rear. The long brass toe plate is retained with four small steel screws. The side panel is fitted with a single modern lock bolt with a brass sideplate typically seen on antique Ohio rifles. A small oval cheek piece is carved on the left side of the buttstock. The wooden ramrod passes through two brass ramrod pipes and a round entry pipe that is lacking a skirt. The wooden ramrod is very snug and we were unable to remove it.

This rifle has a percussion lock that is not high quality. The mainspring is a replacement and was made without a pin lug to secure it to the lock plate, so a nail is pressed in and acts as a wedge for the mainspring. A rectangular loop is used to connect the tumbler to the mainspring, instead of a typical stirrup and link. Unfortunately this arrangement extends below the bottom of the lock plate, and it chipped out a small portion of the wood on the bottom of the lock mortise. We also note the wood along the top of the lock mortise has been replaced and epoxy can be seen when the lock is removed. The exterior of the lock has a bead blasted appearance, with some scattered texture from pitting visible. The nipple is a modern replacement, which is mounted to a drum. The triggers are single lever double set. The single lever triggers require that they must be set to fire the lock. You can set the triggers before, or after cocking the lock.

This antique rifle has a bright bore. The lock and triggers function correctly. It will look great hanging on the wall of your cabin and it will make for a lively conversation piece. Order it for a ten day visual inspection. You will be delighted. Else if it does not fit you, return it in unfired condition for same-day refund. Postage is your only risk, when you order any one-of-a-kind gun from Track, whether new, used, or antique.

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