Tennessee Poor Boy Chunk Gun,
.45 caliber 42" barrel,
maple, forged iron, L&R percussion lock, used
Part Number: AAT-173
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Constructed in the most utilitarian fashion, this style of heavy barreled Tennessee rifle is often called a "Chunk Gun or "over the log" rifle. The hand hewn curly maple stock has been finished extremely dark using an aquafortis solution. The 15/16" straight octagon gives the rifle a modest weight that is best fired from a rest or "over the log". The hand forged iron furniture, L&R lock and triggers are finished to a dark aged patina. Trigger reach is 13-3/8" and this rifle weighs 10 pounds.

The .45 caliber barrel is 15./16" straight octagon by 42" and is marked Dixie Gun Works at the breech, which would indicate a Italian manufacture of the blank. This heavy walled barrel gives this rifle a steady 10 pound weight for use with a rest . The .45 caliber bore is rifled with a 1 in 48" twist, we note a few scattered speckles in the grooves. The muzzle end of the barrel has had the rifling removed, for 3/16", to ease loading, similar to a coned barrel. The previous owner reports good accuracy with round balls and bullets up to 250 grains. A flat topped Pennsylvania rear sight , combined with a steel blade front sight, give a good sight picture.

The curly maple stock has a dark stain with just a hint of golden undertone to display the figure on the stock. The buttplate is hand forged from a keg band. The triggerguard is hand forged in the style of Alfred Gross of Tennessee by the late Myron Carlson. The toe is fitted with a iron toeplate to provide some protection to the otherwise fragile toe area when it's in contact with the ground during loading or cleaning. Metal to wood fit is only fair with some visible inletting gaps, a few chips, and areas both proud of the wood and some below the wood. The short straight breech plug tang has a unfilled threaded hole between the barrel and tang bolt. The forearm of the stock has a bolt incised molding along the edge of the ramrod channel. Only a single forward ramrod pipe is fitted in "poor boy" fashion. The ramrod is a 3/8" fiberglas ramrod, with a 8-32 threaded steel tip installed for accessories. A cleaning jag is fitted. The side panel has a diamond shaped sideplate fitted well below the side panel.

The rifle is fitted with a L&R percussion lock that would be a typical post 1840 era hardware store lock. Sometimes marked with the maker’s name, often marked “warranted” to assure confidence, these slim percussion locks became popular on percussion longrifles in the mid-19th century. The drum is well supported by the lock plate and is fitted with a 1/4-28 threaded stainless steel nipple. The L&R long bar Hawken triggers feature a early straight front trigger. The trigger backlash currently requires the rear trigger to be set before the lock can be cocked.

A very utilitarian Tennessee style over the log or chunk gun in .45 caliber with a L&R percussion lock and double set triggers. 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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