Check out this rifle I got (lots of pics -antique-)

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  1. BrentN

    BrentN Banned

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    So after checking out all the info I could find online about the features of this gun, I'm 99% sure that its a snider-enfield rifle.

    You can read about it here in the link below this sentence.
    Snider-Enfield - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Here are some pics of this absolute beauty!

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    Next up the breech
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    Below are pics of the firing pin and the sights
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    Below are pictures of all the markings I could find on the gun.
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    There is defintly some tarnishing and a small amount of pitting, but there
    is no doubt in my mind that it can still fire a .577 cartridge flawlessly. However, the cartridge was made out of paper mostly and cannot be found for purchase, not for the past 100 years. The gun I originally thought was a percussion cap rifle, but I was wrong, those were made in 1858-1866 I believe and this gun was the first breech-loading of its type. So yea it has a firing pin that fires on a centerfire primer...

    Heh.. maybe with some research I can find out how much black powder was used in one of these cartridges and construct one of my own. Buy some primers, buy some .577 ball bearings instead of a bullet, and I bet it would work.
  2. MSP

    MSP Haunting a dead forum...

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    Neat. You going to restore it? You gotta be carefull if you decide to go that route though as it's easy to LOWER the value.
  3. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Way cool. What did a piece like that set you back?
  4. BrentN

    BrentN Banned

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    Yea I'm afraid of touching it with any kind of cleaner. I'll ask my dad, hes an expert when it comes to that.

    I've been looking online at the value of these things, and mostly they seem to go for about 900-1100$USD from what I'm seeing.
    However, I have not seen one exactly like mine, so who knows if its worth less or more.

    I should get it appraised just to see. Either way, I want to shoot this fucking thing! I'm determined to make my own paper cartridge just like they did 140 years ago.
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    BOO for trigger locks. other than that, cool.
  6. BrentN

    BrentN Banned

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    hahaha, so fucking true, especially for a gun this old.

    Ammunition is no longer available, I took the damn lock off. Legally thats how it had to be transported by the way, so thats why it was on. If any of the authoritys ever question it I'm going to laugh in there face.
  7. WoodButcher

    WoodButcher just me

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    NO ball bearings, lead man , lead. Real nice find.
  8. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    Yeah, but what did you give for it? Was it a good deal? I don't know antiques that well, but it seems like a good specimen to me.;)
  9. BrentN

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    It was given to me. I didn't pay a penny for it