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450_Ackley
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Swinburn's Patent Rifle
      #307687 - 13/11/17 06:49 AM

Just picked up this nice little Swinburn's Patent rifle.
Calibre is 500/450 #2 Musket, as confirmed by a chamber cast.
External has a bit of a "speckled hen" look to it. Internally the barrel is excellent, and should be a good shooter.
Just waiting on cases and dies now to be able to bring the old girl back to life, it has not been fired in over 40 years.

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A close-up of the action reveals some light engraving towards the bottom of the action on the left hand side. We believe it says - "James W Honier" on the top line and "Melbourne" on the second line. After quite a bit of looking, I can't find much about that person at all.

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A photo of the front sight, not sure, but I'd say it's not original equipment!

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Edited by 450_Ackley (14/11/17 09:48 AM)


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Daryl_S
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Re: Swinburn's Patent Rifle [Re: 450_Ackley]
      #307688 - 13/11/17 06:56 AM

Cool rifle - WEIRD front sight dovetailing. I've never seen that before. Due to the dovetail's shape, I'd just about lay odds it is original - however, it is pretty weird shape in the blade and it's 'finish' is off.

I wish they would not put those rear sights so close to the eye - harder to see the older I get.

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HuviusModerator
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Re: Swinburn's Patent Rifle [Re: Daryl_S]
      #307693 - 13/11/17 08:25 AM

The front sight was surely a windage adjustable sight originally.

Canít quite make out the name
James something
Melbourne.

I too recently got a Swinburn, retailed by Frederick T. Baker.
Pretty much the same pattern as yours.

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Re: Swinburn's Patent Rifle [Re: Huvius]
      #307738 - 14/11/17 08:29 AM

Shame we can't see the photos!
Sounds like a good one to use for Light BP in the BGR comp?


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450_Ackley
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Re: Swinburn's Patent Rifle [Re: 93x64mm]
      #307743 - 14/11/17 09:49 AM

Should be able to see then now, but probably need to learn to resize them!

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Re: Swinburn's Patent Rifle [Re: 450_Ackley]
      #307781 - 15/11/17 03:29 AM

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