Custom Jaeger Rifle

by Ron Scott

in .58 caliber

 

This is one of the best Jaeger rifles made since the 18th century. Ron Scott specializes in early Germanic guns and this one is exceptional. He made this one in 2011 at a cost to the owner of $9000 and it has never been fired.

To start off, the wood is Madrone Burl native to the Pacific Northwest. It has a beautiful swirling pattern to the grain and this piece has the best coverage and tightness of the pattern I have seen.

The barrel is 28.5" long and swamped. It is made from Swedish Damascus which is made by layering different steel powders into a pipe and then under intense pressure and heat solidifying the powder into a solid bar. The pattern goes all the way through the bar and is not a pattern acid etched on the surface.

The lock is from The Rifle Shoppe and is very nicely assembled and then engraved by Ron. The triggers are from them as well.

The brass hardware was cast from an original Paul Poser jaeger. Poser worked in Prague in the early 18th century.

Comes with a very nice handmade sling as well. The pictures will speak better than I can about this exceptional one of a kind rifle.

 

Weight is 8 lbs 10 ozs. Pull is 13".

 

$7950

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Now to the bad news.....

When I received the rifle from the owner, the United States Postal Service being the conscientious government employees that they are, did a bang up job of banging up the box the rifle was shipped in. The pictures at the bottom of the page show what happened to the stock. It was a clean break and all of the wood chips were still there. I was able to glue it back together adding in the small chips and then inlet a wood spline from the barrel channel to the ramrod hole to strengthen the joint. Due to the nature of the burled wood, I didn't want to use any metal in the repair as the wood will change with humidity and metal won't which could cause another crack in the wood. The joint is very sound and tight. It can still be seen but blends in well with the figure of the wood and is barely noticeable unless pointed out. I would not hesitate to shoot the rifle.

I received the rifle on Sept. 29, 2018. As of this posting five months later, the USPS refuses to pay for the repair work even though the package was insured.

The price has been set to take in the fact that the rifle has been repaired. Like any antique that has been properly restored, the value is second to the artistry that has been preserved.

As it arrived:

Repairs done to it:

 

 

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