obtained a black powder rifle tonight!!

Discussion in 'Blackpowder & Musket' started by TAT2TOMMY, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. TAT2TOMMY

    TAT2TOMMY New Member

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    well today before work i helped my niebor do some work around his house, he is a older man and he said he wanted to repay me for my help... i a million times told him not to worry about it, but he insisted since he knows im into guns to give me this, he said he knows nothing about it except he got it at a auction a few years back. now im getting really excited suprisingly, im about to do a ton of research on this gun tonight:) any info you all have is welcome:) connecticut valley arms, inc. black powder .45 ca. #0003278
     

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  2. Boyerracing343

    Boyerracing343 New Member Supporter

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    Sorry, i can not help you out with any information about it, but that is really cool that he gave you it. Looks to be in pretty good condition.
     

  3. TAT2TOMMY

    TAT2TOMMY New Member

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    it is in beautiful condition:) now from the reserch i did... its a replica of a hawkins, mine is worth bettween 100-250$ which is really not bad seeing as I got it for an hr worth of shoveling off a roof:)
     
  4. TAT2TOMMY

    TAT2TOMMY New Member

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    besides i think im gonna keep it:) find a more knowledge source and see if id be able to fire it:)
     
  5. Durangokid

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    That is a copy of a generic long rifle imported mostly during the 1960s. You will note the stock spacer in the forearm section of the stock. The spacer joins the 2 pcs. stock common to these imports. These were bargin priced rifles and got lots of guys interested in shooting black powder. It most likely takes a .440 ball and a .015 patch and a starting load of 45 grs of 3F. You should however measure the bore to make sure of the ball size. The value ranges around the $200 mark. good luck;)

    DK
     
  6. TAT2TOMMY

    TAT2TOMMY New Member

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    thank you man!!! i appreciate the info:)
     
  7. Durangokid

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    I would have some one check it out before firing. The nipples often have stripped or damaged threads. The nipple can blow out on firing causing a dager to the shooter or by standers. Make sure it is not loaded by putting the rod down the barrel and measureing it. The barrels will most likley need cleaning and smoothing before loading. If the barrel is rough a ball can stick half way down, real problem. good luck:)

    DK
     
  8. TAT2TOMMY

    TAT2TOMMY New Member

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    much appreaceated:) what should the mesure be? how will i tell it its loaded?
     
  9. dunerunner

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    Take it to the range, put a cap on it and Dorp the hammer!
     
  10. doctherock

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    That would look good hanging on the wall. Fun to shoot as well.
     
  11. TAT2TOMMY

    TAT2TOMMY New Member

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    i want to fire it at least once and then i thought it would look amazing on the wall in my room hanging about my flat screen:)
     
  12. doctherock

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    I love the look of that thing. Id love one above my fireplace.
     
  13. TAT2TOMMY

    TAT2TOMMY New Member

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    if i had a fire place thats were i would put mine lol
     
  14. Hawg

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    Don't even think about it. You have no idea what someone may have loaded it with. The best way is put the ramrod down in it and mark it and then lay it on top of barrel to see how deep it went. An empty barrel wont have but an inch or so of ramrod sticking out. That rifle is what CVA called a Kentucky. It's a .45 caliber and was most likely put together from a kit. The stock came in two pieces so it would fit in a box.
     
  15. TAT2TOMMY

    TAT2TOMMY New Member

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    thanx man!!!
     
  16. orangello

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    That looks like a fun rifle! Let us know how it progresses. I wouldn't use that ramrod, too pretty; get one of those plastic rods that won't be seen.

    One of my favorite "toys" right now is similar, only in a pistol version, 50 caliber with 8.5" barrel.
     
  17. rdstrain49

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    Drop the ram rod down the barrel, if it bounces the rifle is not loaded, if the ram rod stops with a dull thud the rifle is loaded.
     
  18. TAT2TOMMY

    TAT2TOMMY New Member

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    thanx man!!!!:)
     
  19. TAT2TOMMY

    TAT2TOMMY New Member

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    i want a black powder pistol soooo bad!!!
     
  20. TXnorton

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    If you intend to shoot that rifle, please buy a copy of the Lyman Black Powder Handbook and read it well before you ever attempt to fire it.

    Have the rifle checked by a knowledgeable person first.

    Do you regularly shoot at a range? If so do you see any folks there shooting BP rifles? If so engage them in conversation during cease fires and ask for help, most BP shooters will gladly help a newbie.

    If you do not shoot at a range frequented by BP shooters, go find one and find someone there who can/will offer you some guidance.