St. Louis Sporting Rifle,
.58 caliber 36" octagon-to-round barrel,
L&R late English flintlock, iron trim, walnut halfstock,
new, unfired, by Gary White
Part Number: AAT-209
Availability: In Stock
Price: $3,039.00
Stocked in walnut, this flintlock halfstock rifle is trimmed with traditional iron furniture. The 36" octagon-to-round barrel and iron trim are browned, to an attractive deep matte finish which helps to eliminate reflections, glare, and mirage while sighting. A hooked breech and two wedge keys retain the octagon-to-round barrel, allowing take-down for easy cleaning. This rifle is marked G. B. White in script on the top flat at the breech for contemporary builder Dr. Gary White, and is marked on the quarter flat GRRW, CA, 22. Trigger reach is 14", to fit todays average shooter. This rifle weighs 10.2 pounds and balances just behind the ramrod entry pipe.

The octagon-to-round barrel is 36" long with the 15" octagon breech transitioning to sixteen flats with a single wedding band to round. The cut rifled .58 caliber bore is bright with a slow twist for a tightly patched round ball. We recommend our .570" pure lead round balls, .018" patches, and Mink Oil tallow patch lubricant. The dark brown finish of the barrel, lock, and iron have a slightly matte tone to eliminate any glare or shine from the hand draw-filed barrel. The barrel is fitted with a tall iron blade front sight soldered behind the muzzle, and a step adjustable rear sight positioned 6" ahead of the breech.

The black walnut stock is stained to a dark brown and finished to satin sheen. The buttplate is tall with a modest curve to engage the shooter's shoulder. The triggerguard has a large bow with a curled grip rail. The long tang of the hooked breech strengthens the wrist. The tang bolts are fitted with the slots aligned. The hooked breech allows the barrel to be easily dismounted for cleaning without risk of wetting the stock with water containing black powder residue.

To dismount the barrel, put the lock on half cock, withdraw the ramrod. Drift the keys past the underlugs, and the barrel can be lifted from the barrel channel for ease of cleaning. The two keys are have capture slots, but are not captured to the stock. The stock is very tightly fitted to the barrel, and lifting it out can require a little bump. Remove the nipple and place the breech end of the barrel in a bucket of soapy water. Run a wet patch down and up the bore, the pumping action will flush all the fouling from the barrel. Once the bore is clean, run a dry patch down the bore to pick up any moisture followed by a oily patch. Dry and oil the exterior then reassemble the rifle.

Sweeping down from the hooked breech, the long tang of the rifle is matched below by the long triggerplate, the two sandwich the wood of the wrist between them and strengthen that portion of the stock. All the screws slots are neatly aligned along the tang and buttplate. The iron toeplate protects that delicate area of the stock when it is in contact with the ground during loading and cleaning. The long plate adds extra strength to the stock that, historically, made these rifles so popular on the Great Plains and in the Rocky Mountains. The ramrod is retained by two forward pipes that are soldered to the barrel under rib and one entry pipe. The entry pipe sits just below a steel forend cap. The ramrod has a steel tip with 10-32 threads for loading and cleaning accessories. The lock panels correctly taper widest at the front. The single lock bolt and tear drop escutcheon around it are classic features of a halfstock Plains rifle, from the 1850 - 1860 era. Note the beaver tail shaped cheek piece that adds comfort for a right hand shooter, while aiming this .58 caliber rifle.

The L&R late English flintlock been finished to a dark matte brown. This early 19th century styled lock has a strong mainspring, stirrup link, and fly detent, all nice internal features. The R.E. Davis double lever double set triggers are tuned to fire the lock set, or unset. The lock and triggers may be cocked or set in any sequence.

This large caliber St. Louis Sporting Rifle with walnut stock, iron furniture, flintlock, and double set triggers would be ideal for your late Fur Trade gentleman impression. 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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