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Just wanted to show a couple pics of a cool find, dug this up out of field with cultivator in a place that has been farmed since before the 50's. must have been in the ground for close to 100 years or so. Manufactured around 1882-1886 in Whitneyville Armory in CT. This was found in central Alberta.
 

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You don't see those every day. You planning to attach a forearm and a buttstock so it can be displayed?
 

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"Forgotten Weapons" on Youtube has an episode on this rifle.
 

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You don't see those every day. You planning to attach a forearm and a buttstock so it can be displayed?
Yes i would like to get a fore and butt stock for it...any idea someone who reproduces them? I also need to straighten the barrel, was bent by the cultivator when it was hooked.
 

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A good blacksmith can probably straighten out the barrel, or maybe a frame repair guy at a body shop. If you have pictures of an intact rifle, a good woodworker should be able to make up the wooden bits you need.
 

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Google Images has a lot of good pics of this rifle. Good guide for a woodworked to work from.

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Nice find. That barrel may need to be heated to bend it back . Also less chances of it cracking in half. Ii am thinking that you may find an old wood stock set for the older lever action rifles and rework the ends to fit into receiver. Front piece also as long as it is long enough. Maybe IMA or GunParts Corp.
 

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You might try checking with Sarco, Inc. They have all sorts of stocks and forearms in the warehouse, and not all of them, especially the ones of which they only have a few each, make it into their weekly ad in Firearms News. Give them a call and see if they have any parts that might help you bring your find back.
 
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I contacted a fellow from the Whitneyville Armory Museum. The gun was manufactured in march 1883, and was special ordered with a double set trigger - pretty rare. The one trigger is missing. im taking my metal detector out to where we found it this spring and hope to find some more pieces....
 

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Here's a Whitney Kennedy with double triggers and the "S" lever. Probably what your would have looked like originally. (click image to enlarge)
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Wonder what kind of story is related to this fragment. Is it worth a search for other related artifacts? Can't stand a mystery.
 

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Wonder what kind of story is related to this fragment. Is it worth a search for other related artifacts? Can't stand a mystery.
Once the ground thaws, Im going out with my metal detector to search for more. I took a quick scan of the general area late in the fall and got about 10 hits on the metal detector in about 3 minutes. the area we found this, is the original homestead cabin location on the quarter section. should be a few more good finds waiting in that ground....
 
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