Casteel lives in West Virginia and is, in my opinion, among
the top ten makers building muzzle loaders today. Keith
generally uses his own style which has influences from the
European schools but on this one he stuck with more of the
traditional American styling.
Keith built this rifle in August of
1991 as a hunting gun for himself but decided to sell it
off. It is serial numbered 196 and has his initials in the
wrist plate. Keith's unique bill of sale and his appraisal
of the rifle done in 1998 come with the gun.
The rifle is stocked in a very nice
piece of premium curly maple.
The barrel is 38" swamped and has a gold band at the breech
and Keith's signature "double barrel" touch hole liner. The
current owner had Keith put a piece of orange day-glow type
plastic as a front blade for hunting in the dim woods. A
piece of ivory or silver could be installed if you want to
be more traditional. The lock is a large Siler with simple
engraving. The hardware is brass with beautiful engraving.
The inlays on the cheek are silver and the touch hole pick
is 14K gold.
Overall this is an exceptional rifle
and for Keith is unusual in that he went more American in
the styling. You will never lose your investment in this
Weight is 7 lbs 14 ozs. Pull is 13½".