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I have a percussion muzzleloader in poor condition that was handed down through the family. It appears to be 50 caliber (the bore measures about .490 but is heavily corroded) with a 44 inch long barrel. The barrel is round except for the first 12 inches from the breech which is octagonal. It has the inscription "R S Clark" engraved on the right side plate where the missing hammer would be. Other than decorative engravings on the trigger guard and stock, there are no other markings. It probably had a full length stock at one time as evidenced by corrosion on the underside of the barrel where moisture was trapped, but most of the stock running under the barrel is missing. The rearmost socket for the ramrod is still intact. Any ideas as to the age or value of this rifle? Thanks in advance.
R. Clark, located in Albany NY, made percussion rifles about 1840.
Submitted By: David Jackson On: 11/20/2003 2:58:08 PM
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