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Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Western Pennsylvania
Re: Muzzel Loader ID Help
Sorry about the poor describtion . I was headed out the door when he brought it over .We googled it and found a very similar model . 1863 VP 58 cal. . Should have an Eagle on the lock side , but is not ledgible . U S is also stamped on the top side of the steel butt plate . The forend stock was sporterized , but the ramrod holder was still there . As far as we could tell , there is no rifling .
As for the story of him aquiring it ? He works for a moving company . An old lady had it stacked in a corner with things to be thrown away for the garbage . He asked if he may have it and she gave him her blessing . Granted it is useless , but if only it could tell it's story . What a tale it would be . Now it will be a conversation piece hanging above his fireplace with an assumed story .
Thank you all again for your help .