Old Neilo again,
Hi there my friends, 18 months back I found a burnt rifle in the ashes of an old house fire. At the time I did not Know what it was, every thing was like a solid piece of rust. After spraying it with WD40 each night and tapping all moving parts with a soft hammer the action now works and is able to be removed. all that is missing is the but plate and barrel band release clip.
After a lot of browsing on the net I found that it was a 1871 Mauser single shot Cavalry Carbine
built in 1881 or 1887 the serial is 8785 E, FW. many of the proof marks are badly rusted as is the bore, however the rifling is strong. The trigger now moves but the spring in the bolt has no tension, as well as the trigger spring.
the bolt has a different set of numbers but all numbers on the rifle including the barrel ring and nose guard match I intend it to go to my gunsmith and get it cleaned up and I am looking for a replacement stock, butt plate, barrel ring Spring clip and ejector spring.
I then intend to Make it a wall hanger, any information about this old black powder rifle will be appreciated
Thanks in advance Neilo