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Offline Electric Miner

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1803 development
« on: October 15, 2013, 02:13:19 PM »
Finally got around to doing some serious barrel investigation on the 1803 I bought for cheap. There is no rust, but no rifling. Someone has made it into a smooth bore.

Now what?
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Re: 1803 development
« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2013, 04:13:21 PM »
Use it as a shotgun.
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Re: 1803 development
« Reply #2 on: November 09, 2013, 08:57:30 PM »
Finally got around to doing some serious barrel investigation on the 1803 I bought for cheap. There is no rust, but no rifling. Someone has made it into a smooth bore.

Now what?

  Why would someone do that?  I know an 1803 Harpers Ferry is supposed to be rifled.  What you have is the rare smoothbore variation.  Could have happened.
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Re: 1803 development
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2013, 08:37:43 AM »
Miner, post some pictures up if you can.  ;)
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Re: 1803 development
« Reply #4 on: December 30, 2013, 11:57:48 AM »
So now it is what the old timers called a "smooth rifle", smooth bore with rifle sights. They can be quite accurate, I have a friend who shoots his Trade Gun a lot, and he can consistently hit a gallon milk jug at 100 yards, that with no actual rear sight. Wish I could shoot mine that well!