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    Posted 9 years ago

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    Nice old gun that I inherited from my late uncle. I ended up getting quite a few other guns, but most of them are modern. Don't know all the details, so if someone wants to fill me in, I'd love to hear!

    Anyway, this is a neat little gun. Single shot .22 black powder shorts. I think the rather mechanical breech is very neat, however that feature is one of the reasons this should not be fired (big weak point). There are lots of stamps on the beech, I recognize the oval one as the liege stamp (like the one on my pin fired revolver).

    Looks great on the wall, which is the most important thing when you can't actually shoot it!

    P.S. Still no firearms category?

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    1. Hardbrake Hardbrake, 9 years ago
      Dr. Rambow: Nice old parlor rifle, I have one almost identical but mine is a 30 long center fire and it was made in Belgian in the late 1870's or 80's. If your is in good mechanical condition it should be ok to shoot with smokeless power shells. I would take it to a gun smith and have them look at it first. These rifles were cheap imports in the last century. Does your rifle have a carved bone butt plate? The rifles came with carved bone butt plates the breech is a fulling block, typical actions for the time on single shot rifles. Hardbrake
    2. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      I've given this some thought after Hardbrake's reply. If e is right & it goes back to the 1870' that is pre-smokeless powder. Blk. powder is a slower burning powder & doesn't raise a lot of breech pressure. If they still make "BB Caps", that should be safe. It is a parlour target rifle for short range after all.
      Shot an 1850's .22 revolver with .22 short & a
      piece of the barrel just behind the barrel frame chipped off.
      My opinion is that it is safe but have it ck'd out.
    3. Ernestj, 6 years ago
      I have the same 22 my father gave it to me and his father gave it to him. We still fire it and it's very accurate

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