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R. Ashmore & Son Percussion 38 Cal Target Rifle

Made sometime in the 1800s this rifle has a R. Ashmore & Son lock (Richard Ashmore, lock maker, in the village of Wednesbury, Straffordshire Co., England, active 1827-1855) which was probably bought to make this rifle or reused from an earlier one. The heavy 25 lugged octagon barrel (1-1/32 across the flats) has a dovetail that was filled probably when the barrel was salvaged from another arm to make this one. In fact, it looks like the stock and all parts were gathered from previous lives to make this rifle. Not an uncommon for gun makers of the 1800s to do in fact. The rear tang sight looks at a globe front sight with bead. The barrel, tang and sights are an even dark brown patina while the lock has some gray highlights. The bore is remarkable with just a very little scattered tiny pitting near the muzzle while the rest is perfect, smooth and shiny with strong sharp rifling (we used a Hawkeye bore scope) truly remarkable in an arm this age. The stock is sound with a large chip missing from above the lock. A very interesting old smoke pole that can probably still deliver the ball right to the mark. If you have questions please email us at tangoyankee_llc@yahoo.com This will be listed for auction on Gun Broker the evening of March 11th. Please go to the top of the page and click on the Gun Broker button to see all our listings there. 03-05-19A--19-09-02