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bought at gun show about 2 years ago. on barrel is stamped "Antonio zoli & co. made in Italy 58 caliber".
back of lock has "harpers ferry 1803" and in front of hammer is "Navy arms co."
barrel is octagon till end of stock then round rest of way. flintlock ignition.
any information would be appreciated. value, shootability,quality, etc. thank you.
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Can you post some photos?

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Navy Arms was the Importer/U.S. Co. that sold them. Zoli was the manufacturer in Italy. 1803 Harpers Ferry is, I believe, the first "rifle" ordered by the War Dept. to replace the smoothbore musket. From what I have read and seen, a good replica rifle. And not seeing any on Gunbroker says alot. Nothing bad spoken about them. And in the muzzleloading world, if it was a bad shooter, you most certainly would hear about it! I have seen them at gun shows for $350-500, depending on Manufacturer. The Italians make/made some good replicas, well built and functional, Zoli, Pedersoli, Pietta and others.

And a .58 cal. puts a good thumping on Bambi!


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Here's some web sites you can check. It's Italian made which is much better than Indian made for live firing purposes. Probably similar to Pedersoli in quality.
http://bluebookofgunvalues.com/Gun_V...Y_ARMS_COMPANY

http://www.dixiegunworks.com/product...roducts_id=890

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Antonio zoli made repro for several importers. IIRC they made the muzzle loading hurricane hunter in 58 cal that Val Forget used on his African Safari to kill an elephant, etc. I believe the caliber is not true to history, but zoli guns were very rugged.
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Zimm, wasnt the original 1803 a 69 cal?

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Shoulda looked first. It was 54.

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