Rifles of this style were typical in England for the hunting
of big game. In England as well as in the rest of Europe, hunting was a sport of
the landed gentry. The game was owned by the land owner and poaching was often
punishable by death if caught. Few English hunting rifles ever made it to
America in comparison to the German 'jager' rifles. Many more German gunsmiths
immigrated to the colonies due to religious reasons than English gunsmiths.
This rifle is a typical English rifle. It is stocked in maple
as some English guns were at that time. Wood was getting scarce in England so
lumber from America was imported in large quantities. It has a 38" barrel in .54 caliber.