The Colt Special Model 1861 I had was dated 1862 and showed usage in the war. Probably Confederate usage at one point as it had corporal chevrons carved in the wrist of the stock with A.K. carved above them, or perhaps they were carved by the original Union man who bought it after the war. Either way such a thing would have brought severe punishment to a U.S. soldier while he and the arm were in service.
Fantastic piece, mentallapse!
Thanks, I will definitely keep you posted. The shoulders of the nipple are eroded so much that I don't think I can grab anything with a wrench, so I will likely have to go with the drilling and EZ-out method if possible. I already bought a replacement "AMPCO/Beryllium" nipple from S&S with the 5/16"x24 thread, and I trust that is the correct part.The 1864 Springfield, the pinnacle of the riflemusket, and one should it have a decent bore will shoot with no guilt. A new stainless nipple can be had from Lodgewood, S&S, Regimental Quartermaster, etc. specify it's for an original. Maybe soak the area in Kroil and use a 1/4" open end wrench to try and get the old one out, a little careful work and they do come out. A machine shop with pin gauges can tell you the bore diameter, to get a good mold fit for shooting and a push through sizer. You're about to embark on a great journey with that riflemusket which may surprise you with it's accuracy. Keep me posted if you will.
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Wish I was more like the other posters of this thread and was a shooter like they are. I enjoy reading what each of you has posted. My enjoyment comes from seeing the quality of the workmanship that went into each of these historic arms. Here is a rare Philadelphia, Pennsylvania made J.H. Krider militia rifle made for the state of Pennsylvania in 1861. It is .58 caliber. Notice the lock is flush with the stock.
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter That Tells What Kind Of Life You Have Lived.
There's plenty of shooter grade guns out there with decent bores if you get the itch to shoot one. They can be amazingly accurate and fun to shoot.
Thanks for confirming that. I can't really get a great look at the bore because the barrel is so long and dark, but I ran some Hoppes and patches up and down and didn't get out all that much. I need to get some better .58 cal cleaning tools and mops. I hadn't thought about trying to remove the breech plug - do you recommend that? I am current soaking the breech and the nipple area in PB Blaster to try and free stuff up if possible.Yes, that's the correct size and thread for a U.S. musket. How is the bore in it?
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A small pen light should slide down the bore easily for inspection. With a proper wrench and a padded vice breech plugs can easily and safely be removed, by proper wrench I mean a hardened 3/8x2x30" flat steel wrench with close tolerance to the shape of the plug tang. I don't have a picture of mine and don't remember where I bought it, but it would normally be a task for an armorer or gunsmith to insure proper realignment and not marring either plug or barrel. For general cleaning I use a .58 aluminum rod with a guide and a threaded female tip on the jag for brushes and a breech scraper. And get a worm, you'll probably loose a patch down the bore occasionally, they thread on your original rammer. Usually a few right hand twists with the worm and the patch can be drawn out with little effort.
Thanks, I didn't know anyone was making lights just for this purpose. I've usually simply used the smallest pocket Maglite and slid it down the bore, probably wouldn't work with smaller calibers.