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1906 fencing musket

Posted by David Bell on Wednesday, 12 September 2018, at 11:22 p.m.

I want to ask a question about removing lead from a fencing barrel, but I found the dissasembly so interesting that I thought I would share it.... Hey anything to read on the trapdoor has interest...I have had a well beaten up M1906 fencing musket s/n 196376 sitting around for a while. I finaly decided to take it apart today as the barrel appears bent upward slightly at the front end. I was surprised to find that the lock was complete inside, and like new. The buttplate was ribbed, The trigger was the early smooth type. both barrel bands have the small "u". After getting the low arch breech block open, I was surprised to find that the block case colors were beautiful on the bottom areas. The case colors can be seen on the upper part of the block, but is trying to hide behind the brown spreading over it... The block is marked clearly "US Model 1873" no overstamp of the 3 into looking like an 8. The face of the block looks as new. The firing pin is as new and slides freely. The extractor pin, and spring was in place behind the ground extractor. A round bar of lead about 8 or 9 inches long slipped right out of the chamber after the tang was removed. The upper half of the barrel seems to be plugged with lead The stock is in pretty good shape except for the forward area, where the nosecap is missing and the wood split on the end... The only thing I found missing inside was the ejector stud, which surprises me because everything else was there. What is the best way to remove the lead from the barrel? trying to drive it out or melt it out... I would like to make the barrel straight.. need to get the lead out.. Many Thanks in advance Dave


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