Custom Virginia Style Longrifle

.45 Caliber 44" Barrel



This is a well made custom rifle styled after typical rifles by the Sheetz family. The Sheetz family consisted of about a dozen gunsmiths working in the Hampshire Co., WV (then part of Virginia) and the Winchester, VA area. The family built guns from the late 18th century through the third quarter of the 19th century.


The stock is a piece of figured walnut. There is a couple of light dents in the stock on the right side. The grain is not broken so they may steam out fine. The barrel is by Rice and is an "A" weight profile swamped 44" long in .45 caliber. It has a touch hole liner. The lock is a Chamber's Deluxe Siler style. Mounts are brass. The barrel is browned and the lock and other steel parts are deeply blued. The double set triggers will fire set or unset. Whoever built this rifle did an excellent job overall and the wood to metal fit is excellent. The gun appears to have not been fired but has been snapped a few times. The bore is excellent.


The rifle balances and holds very well.



Weight is 8 lbs. 4 ozs.  Pull is 14".



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