I have posted some pictures of this gun in another thread but I wanted to give it a thread of its own. I bought this gun several years ago because the guy selling it only wanted a couple hundred bucks for it. I just figured I would put it in the vault and maybe try to clean it up one rainy day. A few of months ago I decided to bite the bullet (so to speak) and try to find someone to restore it as much as possible. I settled on the guys at "The Old Gun Doctor" in Cambridge, IN. I had to wait 3 or 4 months for them to catch up on their work before sending them the gun which I did about a month ago. I got my first project update yesterday and this is what Jeff had to say.
Wanted to let you know we have your project completely stripped down and that ugly front sight removed from the front of the barrel. In researching the serial number to find the correct parts. It appears this is a model that was made in 1879 and shipped directly to the Louisiana state volunteers as a full length rifle. Sometime later in its life it was cut down to the carbine length as many of them were. So we are searching for the correct period parts.
Till next time,
Jeff @ OGD
Jeff did recommend that I only shoot black powder loads in it which is what I intend to do. I just need to come up with a load that's as close to what the ammo of the period was as possible. I have asked Jeff if possible could he take a few pictures through out the project and if he can I will update this thread from time to time. Following is what the gun looked like when he got it.
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