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Old 03-22-2006, 02:29 PM
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A friend of mine just showed me a rifle that's been in his family a long time. It's a Civil War era military rifle, and I'm guessing it's .58 caliber, as I can get most of the 1st joint of my little finger down the muzzle (high tech, huh?).

Other features are:
1. One piece stock
2. 40" barrel
3. flip up rear sight
4.percussion ignition
5. three barrel bands that are removable, and held in place by a spring loaded detent bar a couple inches long. Each band has a "U" stamped on it.
6. sling holder on trigger guard and on middle barrel band
7. all metal ramrod with a cup shaped head
8.tri-cornered, fluted 17" bayonet with the following stamps: "WC" "Peter & Co."
9.Stamped on receiver plate: "1862" ; "US Springfield" ; an eagle emblem
10. "US" stamped on top of butt plate

I'd be tempted to use this gun if it were mine. It's in good shape. Any ideas as to it's worth, and it's model, if it isn't a 1862 Springfield?? Thanks
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Old 03-22-2006, 04:50 PM
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My father had one hanging under his mantle. It was his grandad's 'kitchen gun'...when dad was a boy he rermembers it being loaded w/ scraps shaved off a chunk of lead w/ a penknife...made big holes in deer. Too corroded now.
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Old 03-22-2006, 05:15 PM
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Know the gun, but would point you to a search fo Civil War reenactors to find out more about value. Do know that "junkers" (beat up but complete) are going for about $700-$800 and can tripple that if some hard factual family connection can be made to a partcular military unit or soldier (so if they ahppen to have an old tin0type of the ancestor that used the rifle, might be able to ID the unit by his uniform).

Having a bayonet and rifle together is a good thing...the orginal bayos. are getting very pricy.
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Old 03-23-2006, 01:07 AM
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Don't be listening to Ribbonstone, he don't know nothing! It ain't worth the iron it's made from and I'll be more than happy to send you 50 bucks to to cover the packing & shipping of it to me and I'll make sure it doesn't bother you anymore.

There is a lot of info out there on the web about these, all you have to do is search it and you'll find dozens of web sites, be absolutely sure to cross reference several sites because there are those that do give wrong information. Not all that long ago, there was a could guys from a midwest state offering to do appraisals on collectible guns. Turns out they were removing parts from some and replacing others completely with replica's....be careful!
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Old 03-23-2006, 03:35 AM
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Opps...yeah...that's right....scrap iron...send it my way, think I could make a lamp or a fence post out of it...saw it in half long ways so when you hang it on the wall it looks like two guns.
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Old 03-23-2006, 04:25 PM
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It depends

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Don't be listening to Ribbonstone, he don't know nothing! It ain't worth the iron it's made from and I'll be more than happy to send you 50 bucks to to cover the packing & shipping of it to me and I'll make sure it doesn't bother you anymore.

There is a lot of info out there on the web about these, all you have to do is search it and you'll find dozens of web sites, be absolutely sure to cross reference several sites because there are those that do give wrong information. Not all that long ago, there was a could guys from a Midwest state offering to do appraisals on collectible guns. Turns out they were removing parts from some and replacing others completely with replica's....be careful!
I picked up a very nice 1863 Springfield made by W. Mason of Taunton (MA) yesterday for $50. The fellow wanted to get rid of it and wanted it to have a good home. I was glad to assist him. All the best...
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Old 03-25-2006, 04:09 AM
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Geeze Gil, I'd be happy to double your money and pay the shipping...you really don't want that nasty, dirty, smelly thing around that's a pain in the @$$ to clean and load and..... Perhaps I sould be making my case to the lady of the house? (devious snicker)....he he he
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Old 03-29-2006, 04:18 PM
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That sounds like an 1861 to me. A brand new reproduction will run you under 650 with bayonet. No idea what a classic would be worth...
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