I just picked up a mid 1850's .45cal plains rifle made by H Pierce in Ohio and wondered what you all thought about the different options for bringing it back to life.
The Good: The bore scrubbed up well, with thin but solid rifling, the lock functions well and cleaned up fine inside and out. After inspecting, I did a proof load, then a couple shots for score. After the second shot went into the first, maybe an 1/8" between centers at 15yds, I stopped and decided it's a good candidate for fixing up and returning to service. Most of the brass is in ok shape. Somebody replaced the nipple with a modern one.
The Bad: The stock is splitting in several places and is missing a strip that runs from the top of the lock through the barrel wedge and up past the end cap. The pewter end cap is half missing, and there was a decorative pewter band that also is missing the part that went over the stock piece that split away.
Well, what do you guys think?