Looking for info on Century Manufacturing Model 100 45-70

Discussion in 'Ammunition & Reloading' started by auburnfan, Jun 21, 2011.

  1. auburnfan

    auburnfan New Member

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    Hi everyone,

    I am attempting to find some information on Century Manufacturing Model 100 45-70 (revolvers) for my father. He bought two of these guns nearly 30 years ago, and he's never fired them. I tried to find information on the company, but it looks like they went out of business.

    He's looking for information on the ammo and reloading specifications. Does anyone have any idea where I can get these sort of details? It looks like these guns were featured in the May, 1977 edition of Guns & Ammo. I'm not sure how much information that magazine would have, but I doubt it includes the reload specs.

    My dad is now in his late 70s and has decided that - after nearly 30 years - he wants to put some rounds down range with these guns, and to reload his own ammo (he's done this for years with other guns). I'd like to help him do that.

    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,
    Mike
     
  2. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    Century Gun Company- New Century MFG- First made in 1973 in Evansville IN. 100th anniversary of the 45-70 (Century- get it?) Production stopped in 1976 with SN 524. Each of the two partners then started making their own version of the gun. The Century name was bought in 1985, buyer died in 2001. In 2002, company was bought, moved to Knightstown IN, made about 500 guns, sold in 2004. Value around 900-1700 depending on condition. I would stick with the trapdoor springfield load- about as light as you will get. Data here: Submitted Data: 45-70 Government

    PS- the earliest handmade Model 100s from Evansville have a much higher price tag- $2500-$3500. Are you SURE you wanna shoot that?
     
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  3. camiller

    camiller New Member

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    By the time (1978-79 maybe) my dad got his pair of Century 45-70's the waiting list had something like a 10 year backlog! I think my dad may have worked with the original maker at L&N railroad before the guy retired to become a gunsmith. IIRC my dad's are serial number 151 & 152 (or maybe 152 & 153?). Dad put one round down one of them when he first got them and hasn't fired either one since.
     
  4. auburnfan

    auburnfan New Member

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    Thanks for the responses. My dad told me that - once he ordered and paid for the guns - he had to wait 7 years to get them. SN 749 and 749a, according to him. He ordered them in '77 so I guess he got them in '84. Not sure where guns with this SN would fall in the value range but he may reconsider firing them if they've appreciated significantly. I don't know what he paid for them in '77

    I appreciate the feedback, and I'll check out the info on the load.

    Regards,
    Mike
     
  5. camiller

    camiller New Member

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    My dad didn't have to pay until thy were delivered. I seem to remember they were $625 (delivered in 78-79) each. The reason I remember is mom got the call instead of dad and decided they would be a surprise for his birthday, but she only had enough cash to cover the one. Being the enterprising lawn-mowing fiend that I was at 13, I financed most of the price of the second from the previous couple years savings.
     
  6. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    See if you can post some pictures. I'd love to see these.
     
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  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    IF he choses to shoot them, I would consider lighter than average bullets (300 gr) and faster powder like IMR 4227. Stick to the starting loads for the trapdoor and get much more control.
     
  9. hiwall

    hiwall Well-Known Member

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    you have to use shorter bullets(like 300 gr.) to keep the overall length down.
     
  10. auburnfan

    auburnfan New Member

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    Thanks, everyone. I appreciate all of the great information. I will be seeing my dad in a month or so, and I'll try to take pictures of the guns and upload them.
     
  11. josh1123

    josh1123 New Member

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    I have one of the century model 100 i use 14gn of trail boss powder with a 300 grain flat point cast bullet it is a light load and easy shooting round
     
  12. sseib

    sseib New Member

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    Info: Century 45/70's built in Evansville

    I worked for Earl Keller and my older brother at Century for two years in the early 80's. If you are still interested, I can ask my brother or a friend that is still reloading what some of their loads were and what they used for the three test firing rounds. I shoot a few factory loads thru mine but not very often.

    Steve Seib
    seib_steve@yahoo.com
     
  13. camiller

    camiller New Member

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    I'd be interested. Eventually I'll inherit my dad's :)