Help with ID on Lancaster PA rifle

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by Deneb625, Oct 6, 2013.

  1. Deneb625

    Deneb625 New Member

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    Here are some pics of a Lancaster rifle that has been in the family for several generations. We know very little about it. Family history says it is a .36 caliber "squirrel rifle" and that it was converted from flintlock to cap at some point in time. Barrel length is about 44 or 44.5 inches. Stock appears to be striped maple. The word "Lancaster" is clearly marked on the lock and the maker/mnfg. looks to be something like "R. Buchville" or "B. Ruchville" or something similar. Any ID help, history, or advice about who to contact would be appreciated. Thanks.
     

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  2. MisterMcCool

    MisterMcCool Well-Known Member Supporter

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  3. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Possibly R. Buchmiller. He was a maker of smaller caliber rifles (percussion) and had a shop on Queen St. In Lancaster from 1861-1870. Did nice work. Compare yours to this specimen of his-

    http://oldguns.net/pix/18448.jpg


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  4. nitestalker

    nitestalker New Member

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    That is an imported lock. Locks were bought from suppliers in Europe. The name Lancaster on the plate has nothing to do with the builder. The rifle C3 posted does not have a Lancaster marked lock. It also has a hammer forged or purchased barrel.
    The drop at the heel and comb line in relation to wrist looks more like an East Tenn. or Virginia birth. If the entire rifle was pictured it would show more detail.
    This is a rifle from my own collection. This is an East Tenn. with a Maryland and Virginia influence.
     

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  5. c3shooter

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    Nitestalker- 3rd pic from top, on left- Lancaster marked lock?
     
  6. nitestalker

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    C3 didn't see it. Thx. Henry Leman used Lancaster marked locks as did many others. The rifle the OP posted has had the lock replaced. I can not see the screw holes indicating that it was a converted flinter. Yes the Percussion tumbler could or could not be an indication. It is impossible to tell if the barrel is swamped or tapered. This would date the rifle as a parts rebuild or a "Hammer Mill" production barrel post 1820. Many of these rifles saw service for over one hundred years and were repaired many times. :)
     
  7. Deneb625

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    Robert Buchmiller Rifle

    Thank for the info. That got me in the right direction to ID the rifle. It was a Robert Buchmiller and probably produced around 1860 or so I would guess. Been hanging in my Dad's living room for 40 years and we never knew much about it.