This is a fairly nice trapdoor rifle.
About average for what's on the market now. It was made in
1887 and has the correct Buffington rear sight. The lock
works great and has most of it's blue left. The inside still
shows some case colors on the internals. The barrel is
turning brown over most of the top exposed areas. The top of
the muzzle has been slightly filed in the past probably to
remove a bad ding. Not too noticeable unless you look for
it. The bottom of the barrel still shows a nice blue. The
bore is good with just a couple of areas of light pitting.
I'd rate it about 6/10. I tried to show good pictures of the
bore. The other hardware still shows some blue in places
except for the buttplate which has turned a grey color. The
stock has minimal wear and tear. No serious dents or dings.
The 1884 dated cartouche and the circle P behind the trigger
guard are still visible. The stock has been pieced. When I
took the gun apart to check it over, the stock came in two
pieces. The old glue was brittle and gave up. I repaired it
properly by using 3 wood pins and epoxy for a good joint.
The color and grain match is excellent. You have to remove
the barrel band to tell it's two pieces.
This is actually a very common repair
as so many of these guns were sporterized in the past. If
you are looking at one to buy at a gun show, always check
under the bands.
Overall a very sound, good looking
rifle for it's age. I love to shoot my trapdoors and I think
this one would still be a good shooter. The 45-70 is still a
great hunting round for any large game found in North
America. I reload for mine as I think the factory ammo
pressures today might be too high for trapdoors. You can
find lots of reload info online. My plinking load is 32grs
of IMR 3031 with a 405 grain cast bullet.
Remember that with any potentially
dangerous sport like shooting antique guns or jumping out of
a perfectly airplane know what you are doing! "To err is
human" is not the motto on the firing line or at the end of
a ripcord. As I tell my kids, I am only responsible for my
own stupidity, not yours.
This gun must be
shipped to a FFL or C&R holder or can purchased in person.