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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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That's a very interesting old relic you unearthed.
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"Forgotten Weapons" on Youtube has an episode on this rifle.
 

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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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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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Here is the final picture of this interesting relic. It was manufactured in March of 1884 according to the Whitney Museum Historian. Here is a picture of the final mount. I built the stock myself for mounting purposes and is as close to original as I could make it from pictures. I also straightened the bend in the barrel. only thing missing is the tube magazine and the second trigger (originally had double set triggers). Looks good in my living room and i will add a plaque with all of the information and history on this gun. Thanks to everyone for their posts and interest. Spring metal detecting is a couple months away but I am hoping to find the brass butt plate....
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