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1840-1860 WM Rheiner Detroit Muzzleloading Hunting Rifle w/Bird Design

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Posted 6 years ago


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Here is a recent find of mine that it seems some of you would enjoy and appreciate. Also I am not able to find anything on the company that made this or when this could possibly be from through my research. It is about 46 inches across and very heavy.

From what I know and am told it is all original. The top is stamped WM Rheiner Detroit. Any information or history on this item would be greatly appreciated and I thank you so much in advance for any assistance provided on this matter.

I had been gone for a while on vacation and doing some other things. So I miss all of you and am glad to be back! Thank you as always for looking my friends and please make sure to have an awesome day and remainder of the week! : )

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 6 years ago
    This is not a military rifle.

    It is a half stock hunting rifle from about 1840- 1860.

    I am not familiar with the maker.

  2. electobacco electobacco, 6 years ago
    Thank you so much for the feedback on this item as well scottvez. As always I am very grateful for any information that you provide.
  3. electobacco electobacco, 6 years ago
    AR8Jason thank you so much for the information. It does help at dating the item. Yeah guns and tobacco. Perfect fit.... : )
  4. electobacco electobacco, 6 years ago
    Thank you ttomtucker, AR8Jason, and slimjim for liking the item and stopping by! : )
  5. electobacco electobacco, 6 years ago
    Thank you again for stopping by and more love for this post official. Take care my friend....
  6. electobacco electobacco, 6 years ago
    Good to see you around Hedgewalker! Thanks for the love of this item. Hockey season has started off with a bang. The Wings got spanked for their first loss the other night and the Rangers are hanging tough. Talk to you later my friend....
  7. jackiecrawford, 3 years ago
    One tip in using a gun in hunting. A head and neck shot can instantly leave a deer defenseless. Usually, this shot will enable a deer to be left with very little or no damage at all on its meat. However, even if this shot can easily put a deer down this should only be used if one is proficient enough in using a gun. This option is also preferred if a blackbuck hunting is within a good shooting range. More in
  8. thor8200, 1 year ago
    William Rheiner was my Great Great Grandfather, he was a very accomplished gunsmith in Detroit during the mid to late 1800's. His son, Theodore, apprenticed under him and was also a very accomplished engraver and gunsmith. This example is, I think, one of the apprentice guns. PLEASE feel free to contact me if you'd like any more info.

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