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RARE DELUXE LARGE FRAME BULLARD SPECIAL ORDER LEVER ACTION RIFLE. SN 969. Cal. 40 (40-75 or 40-60 Bullard). Spectacular deluxe rifle with 28″ oct to rnd bbl, full magazine, half nickel front sight and “1873” marked ladder rear sight. Receiver ring is marked “CAL 40” and the SN is on top tang behind the hammer slot. Mounted with very highly figured, flame grain American walnut with checkered forearm and serpentine grip buttstock that has crescent buttplate. According to Flayderman’s Guide to Antique American Firearms only 10-12,000 of these wonderful lever action rifles were produced in the period 1886-1890. These rifles were of exceptional quality and superior design to other lever action rifles of the era, having a rack & pinion lever system which made them extremely smooth to operate and also providing great strength in chambering ill-fitting cartridges. Unfortunately their quality engendered high prices and coupled with the proprietary cartridges for which they were chambered, which were hard to find on the western markets, their sales were slow and competition from Marlin & Winchester was severe and they simply couldn’t survive. CONDITION: Exceptionally fine, no disassembly was effected to check for matching SNs. Overall retains about 98% crisp orig factory blue with only faint sharp edge wear and some very minor flaking on right side of receiver and a couple of tiny scrapes on the left side; bolt retains about all of its crisp fire blue; lever & hammer retain virtually all of their orig case colors, brilliant on the hammer and sides of lever, moderately faded on outer faces of lever; buttplate retains about 90% glossy orig blue showing wear on heel & toe. Wood is sound with only a very few, very small nicks in the finish and overall retains virtually all of its crisp factory varnish. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore, appears to be new & unfired. 4-49665 JR316 (12,000-15,000)

Auction: Firearms - Fall 2013
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