23. Scarce U.S. Model 1871 Ward-Burton Bolt Action Military Rifle

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50-70 CF, 32 5/8" barrel with a bright excellent bore. The barrel and bands remain bright with remnants of light oxidation sparsely scattered about its surface and a few areas of very light pinprick pitting. The receiver retains excellent oil-quenched case-hardening in mottled blues and grays, the patent marking area of the bolt polished bright. The straight grip walnut stock rates very good plus to excellent with much original varnish and overall only minor handling marks from the years, showing two very crisp left-side cartouches. The mechanism seems to function properly and the original cleaning rod is present. This is a lovely example of these scarcely-encountered single shot bolt action military muskets. (38752-38) {ANTIQUE} (2000/3000) SOLD FOR $4,025.00

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