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  • Picked up this mystery smoothbore, Rock-Lock

    A friend of mine who is still on active duty ran across this smooth bore in a pawn shop down south. $250 plus mailing cost and now it is at my house.

    It appears to be a hodgepodge of parts. But the lock is good and she throws sparks. The bore measures .572 ..... but the steel is pretty thick, so I am thinking about having it bored out to either a larger smooth bore or maybe even have it slow rifled for round ball in a larger caliber.
    I will do a couple entries for photos.
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    Here are more pics
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    • #3
      That is an interesting gun. Looks like a lot of Hawken influence in the fore end but the butt sure isn't. That is a lot of steel, what would you have it bored to for a rifle?

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      • #4
        Sort of a Trade Musket look.
        I was thinking at least a 62 caliber if rifled or maybe larger if smoothbore.
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        • #5
          Interesting. Nice find. Great price even if you do some gunsmithing on it. Hooked breech is nice for cleaning. Do you think that gun was originally a smoothbore? From the picture it doesn't appear to have sights. Keep us posted on what you do with it.
          Louis Knapp

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          • #6
            The breech plug is a TC, but the barrel is some sort of aftermarket deal. It is still white steel inside and this barrel has not been shot.
            But the breech plug end has...
            It has a front sight.

            Right now it is basically a 57 caliber shotgun, maybe 28 gauge. At least going to 62 caliber would make it a 20 gauge.
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            • #7
              Sure would be sweet to have a 62 prb shooter! I haven't played with any smoothbores, is there another advantage of a smoothbore other than to shoot shot?

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              • #8
                They are faster to load, and the ability to shoot bird-shot, round ball or Buck&Ball. But much less accurate range.
                I wish there was somebody up here who did rifling or bore size -boring...
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Float Pilot View Post
                  The breech plug is a TC, but the barrel is some sort of aftermarket deal. It is still white steel inside and this barrel has not been shot.
                  But the breech plug end has...
                  It has a front sight.

                  Right now it is basically a 57 caliber shotgun, maybe 28 gauge. At least going to 62 caliber would make it a 20 gauge.
                  Love that front sight!

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                  • #10
                    It may have started from a Thompson Center 56 smooth bore.

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                    • #11
                      Probably:
                      DOES ANYONE KNOW ANYONE IN ALASKA WHO COULD BORE IT OUT TO 62 ????
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                      • #12
                        The threads of the breech plug may not be large enough? Might be cheaper to get a new 62!

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                        • #13
                          With the market prices of a used but good condition muzzle loader these days, you'd be better served to use what you have unless a low investment opportunity for bore improvement happens along.
                          I don't shoot shot from my muzzle loaders, they're all rifled. Barrel work, rather to rebore or cut rifling is costly ($400). Your investment to date is $250 + shipping.
                          A guy in Pennsylvania could do what you want but you probably would want to use that money to get what you want rather than make what you have into what you want.
                          Here's his info, just in case you are dead set on it, His name is Bobby Hoyt. He can be contacted at:
                          Freischutz Gun Shop
                          2379 Mt Hope Rd
                          Fairfield, Pennsylvania 17320
                          (717) 642-6696

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                          • #14
                            Could it be sleeved?
                            “We have digressed from a Nation of Revolutionaries to a country of entitlements"

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                            • #15
                              i would recommend Bobby Hoyt as well. he does great work and has rebored a couple for me.

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