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Where do some of them go.

Posted by Dick NieKamp on Thursday, 26 February 2009, at 9:59 p.m., in response to Re: Mr Hosmers new long range, posted by Ernie Brandt on Thursday, 26 February 2009, at 8:19 p.m.

For Dick & Al. I may have the final resting place of one you may not have in your material. If'n ya do, you guys is a really sumpin'.

Cadet rifle, 1876 manufacture, S/N 66317.

Now should I make you go look? Naw. The action ended up being made into a Hawken style fur trade rifle by one John P. Gemmer, sucessor to the Hawken shop and in the days of cartridge introduction made many of the then new cartridge guns, ie: Sharps, Rolling blocks and Spencer actions into "Rocky Mountain Rifles" that still bore likeness of the original percussion Hawkens. This one was in the Missouri Historical Society in 1991 when I examined it, photographed and measured it. It's what encouraged me to make all kinds of muzzle loading (visually) rifles using TP actions and barrels. And don't worry, I didn't desecrate any good rifles in this process. What really amazes people(and my customers) is how good these original barrels still shoot. Thought maybe this would be of interest.

Dick NieKamp


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