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Re: US 1884 help

Posted by Ken Smith on Tuesday, 16 November 2010, at 4:25 p.m., in response to US 1884 help, posted by robert on Tuesday, 16 November 2010, at 10:44 a.m.

Hi Robert, I see you found Al's website okay. Someone should be answering about the provenance of your rifle shortly, if that information is available. Replacement original parts are still available for these arms. Check with Al for the barrel band. As far as the firing pin goes, here is a quick easy check to find out if it is broken. Open the breechblock and grab the pin where it protrudes through the front of the block with your fingers. With your other hand, pull on the head of the pin. If one end moves and the other does'nt, you have a broken pin. This is not an uncommon condition, and the rifle will still fire with a broken pin. I would not recommend letting it go too long though, as the broken ends will begin to mushroom and could cause damage to the firing pin bore of the breechblock,and could become difficult to remove. The pins usually break at the small end ( front), leaving about 1/4 to 1/2 of the pin flopping around inside the block. Al has quite a selection of parts available. What kind of condition is your bore in? If the bore is clean, and the lock is sound, and there are no swells or cracks in the barrel, then chances are your rifle is sound enough to fire. Stick with blackpowder, and be cautious if you decide to use smokeless loads. Ultimately have the rifle checked out by a competent gunsmith before shooting. Again, I recommend the book by Spencer Wolf for loading information for these arms. Replace the missing or broken parts, study up on loading, and invest in some loading equipment, and reward yourself with the fun of shooting these old "long toms". Holler if you need other help, and welcome to the community. Regards, Ken


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