2 Band Volunteer .577" Enfield Musket by G W Bales

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2 Band Volunteer .577" Enfield Musket by G W Bales

Postby dromia » Sun Jul 03, 2005 1:30 pm

Well I bought the lady and I am very pleased, she is excellent condidtion for her age, around 150 years old.

Indeed it is a classic Enfield and a slight departure for me from metallic cartridge rifles into the realm of black powder. I've dabble with the coal dust all my life but this is the first serious BP rifle I've ever had.

The bore seems near mint with 5 grooves and the nipple seems original or at least period.

Need to get her on ticket before I can see how she shoots and I'm really looking forward to trying her at long range.

Here's some photographs of the girl and any info on the rifle is much appreciated as this outside my ken.

Once again thanks to the Gunrunners for locating a first rate example of type, they've got to be the best gun finders in the country.

Overall shots:







Bayonet lug:



Proof marks:



The lock:





Rear sight:



Loading end:



Its got a big bore:





Finally makers marks:



Any one know anything about G W Bales?
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2-Band Enfield - Woo hoo!

Postby Brian the Brit » Sun Jul 03, 2005 1:58 pm

Oooooooh, you jammy bugger! Welcome to the black arts.

That is an unbelievably beautiful rifle, Adam, a fine example of what many consider to be the absolute epitome of the muzzle-loading service rifle. She should be reasonably accurate to about 600 yards and an absolute hoot to shoot. Just follow Bill Curtis' advice and you won't go far wrong.

Congratubloodylations. You clearly have more spawn than Kermit.

Yours, just a smidgin jealous,

Brian
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My "lets pretend" 2-band

Postby Brian the Brit » Sun Jul 03, 2005 2:11 pm

Here's my repro by way of contrast.



This is what it shoots. Note difference between Lee Minié and the better Parker hale version with the flat nose.



And this is what it does at 50 yards. One advantage is that with holes that big you don't need a spotting scope.



Mine shoots high and to the right and aiming off is the only solution as the sights are not adjustable for windage.

Have fun.

Brian
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Postby joseyclosey » Sun Jul 03, 2005 2:59 pm

VERY VERY nice adam, congratulations. What a belter of a rifle, the gunrunners have certainly come up trumps again. :D

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