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Thread: What is the oldest gun you have ever shot?

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    Default What is the oldest gun you have ever shot?

    I ask the question because history is important and keeping the old girls running is huge.

    I bought an old rifled musket through a guy on this forum, saved it from the OPP and a chop saw. I was finally able to shoot it yesterday, the gun needed a shim on the hammer to line up properly and a thorough check from the gunsmith up here. There is a ringed barrel but it is about 6in back from the muzzle and I was told it would not be unsafe and should not do anything to the accuracy.

    Tried round balls first, found out how high the gun shot then changed over to conicals. This 58 cal enfield does not like the 500gr+ conicals, key holing happened at 25 and 50 yards and not much of a group, I will have to try some 465-485gr conicals next time.

    The crazy thing was, with the age, the sandpaper bore and taking it out for the first time I was able to stack round balls at 50 yards with it. 60gr of FFFg and a 0.575in round ball with a center to center group of about 3/8 of an inch :O. It really likes round balls, but hopefully the lighter conicals will work too.

    Anyway, yes I kept the model and age until the end, the gun is an 1856 Model Enfield 58 cal rifled musket, Volunteer version with checkering and the lock is stamped 1860. A 161 year old rifle, beats my last oldest which was 138 years old.

    Lets keep these old girls running and enjoy the history of them.

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    Here is a video, better than I could ever put together on these rifles.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6o-dTB3kLtY

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    Oldest gun I've managed to shoot which I'm fortunate enough to own is my model Winchester model 1886 chambered in 40-82. It was manufactured in 1910 which really is not that old, she is a black powder cartridge that throws a 255 grain bullet. It makes the trip deer hunting usually every 2nd year as its something I love to carry in the bush being the 4th owner. If only they still made levers as nice as they did then people would know they are shooting quality.
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    My oldest are all handguns. 1863 being the oldest 3 from 1863-1864-5 .36-.44 cap and ball
    Remington 1858 new model Army made September 1864 have two cap and ball cylinders plus a conversion cylinder for this one takes.44 Russians
    2 cartridge guns 1873-76 S&W model 3 Russian
    Have bulldog have to look up papers but think itís 1886 takes shortened .44 Russians
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    Fired a blackpowder Mauser action built pre1900 unfortunately that's all the details I have. Thing is a God damn Lazer beam, and softer on the shoulder than you'd expect.

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    I have a Snider Enfield 2 band from 1863 that I shoot.

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    Not nearly as old as some of you guys have played with, but my brother owned a Winchester Model 94 in 30-30 that had the RCMP markings on it and it was from around 1914 I believe. It was accurate enough for being a century old. He got good value for it on a deal for another rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Terrible_E View Post
    Fired a blackpowder Mauser action built pre1900 unfortunately that's all the details I have. Thing is a God damn Lazer beam, and softer on the shoulder than you'd expect.
    Blackpower is a push rather than a punch, I was warned about the recoil of 70gr of FFFg and a 525gr slug, was not that bad, nothing like a 12ga slug.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GuyJR View Post
    I have a Snider Enfield 2 band from 1863 that I shoot.
    Too bad you cannot use that for the Controlled hunt. I used a 50 cal round ball gun at Dads a couple years back, the plan is to use this one soon, if Covid allows.

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    My sons Winchester '73 .44-40. According to the serial number,It was built in the early 1880's. With a cleaning and oiling,it worked flawlessly and is still deadly accurate and in very good condition being officially appraised at $4K USD. The very elderly neighbor that gave it to him hunted with it and took a Deer with it off his back porch the year before he passed in 1985 at 96 years old. It has since been retired.

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