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31 December 2020, 16:19
big gun, small deer
Spent some more time chasing big bucks, no luck on them but I did put this guy in the freezer with my 14 bore William Moore belted ball gun.

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01 January 2021, 03:15
matt salm
Now that’s a classic sporting rifle! Very nice.

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01 January 2021, 04:15
Bear Cat
Nice rifle , so by saying 14 bore , do you suggest this is about 69 caliber round ball .?
Nice buck also ...

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01 January 2021, 05:02
The rifle shoots a .69 caliber belted ball.


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02 January 2021, 08:05
matt salm
I have a very nice English double rifle (percussion) along those lines. I think the bore is closer to .72 caliber and I’ve shot one deer with it several years ago.

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02 January 2021, 10:34

Did you buy or build that rifle? I would be interested in the particulars.

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16 January 2021, 01:17
Nice gun and some premium meat. Thanks. Be Well, Packy.
16 January 2021, 05:28
Love the belted ball!
So, you have a half cock and a full cock safety?

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17 January 2021, 09:09
Awesome rifle! I like that
19 January 2021, 18:10
Steve, what a wonderful achievement. No need for a bigger buck. I assume you had a mold made to cast that belted ball? Please tell us more about your rifle and load when you have a moment.

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26 January 2021, 07:18
why do you keep that 14 bore william Moore in the freezer?
26 January 2021, 19:46
Jeff Tanner made the belted ball mold for me before he passed on. I do not know what the ball weighs, over the 500 grains my scale will handle. The load I use is 90 grains of FF Swiss, topped with a lubed felt wad and a patched ball. The rifle has half cock and a bolted safety which locks the hammer in the half cock notch. I;m not sure exactly when the rifle was made, the best I can tell between the late 1830's and mid 1840's.


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