Richland/Navy Arms .50 Wesson Rifle?

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Richland/Navy Arms .50 Wesson Rifle?

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I came across a Navy Arms .50 Wesson Rifle for sale. Asking price is $500.
It's a pretty rifle, with a nice 2-stage trigger, but I know nothing about it. I want to get into blackpowder shooting and want a good entry level rifle. Not a lot of info on the Interwebz about this particular firearm. Anyone familiar with this rifle?
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Re: Richland/Navy Arms .50 Wesson Rifle?

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You mean the boxed lock muzzle loader like this?

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Didn't know that Navy Arms had one done (they contracted with a variety of manufacturers over the years). If it wasn't in some way obviously junk, I'd definitely grab one at that price.
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Yes, that's the one! From what I've been able to dig up, Richland went out of business in 1986 and Navy Arms continued to make it under their mark for a number of years.
It's based on an actual rifle that was made between the 1850s until (?) although not historically accurate enough for a purist. Boxlock firing mechanism and fairly accurate (although opinions seem to differ on that). That's about all I know. A guy I know whose heavy into Blackpowder says he thinks it's the best of the 9 rifles the guy has for sale with a Zuoave Rifle being next best. I'm going over to look at it on Friday. Is that your rifle, Marlene?
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Correction: just found out it is by Richland Arms, not a later Navy Arms product.
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It is not my rifle. I'd be very glad if it was.

Those box actioned muzzle loaders were the primo target rifles of their time. In the early Creedmore matches, the Brits shot rifles like that while the Americans shot breech loaders. They were the height of frontstuffer development.

I sometimes consider talking to this guy about one of his copies, but I have too many desires for my wallet.

http://stores.leeshavergunsmithing.com/ ... r-rifle-1/
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Those Ferris Creedmore rifles are beautiful. Too rich for my wallet right now, but wow.
Thank you for the input. I appreciate it.
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