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Dreyse is nice

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 5:10 pm
by LarryHoosier
The Prussians started the bolt action craze in 1842. This is a more modern version of that gun, the M1862 Dreyse needle ignition rifle. This one was sold to me with the caveat that the "bolt functions really hard". That truly was the case it literally took two men and a boy to operate! I figure that this bolt didn't belong in this weapon and found its' way there because someone wanted the "best" looking Dreyse hanging on the wall but not to ever shoot. In any case a bit of meticulous work later and now it is smooth as glass, shooting and still showing them "Froggies" how it is done! (a reference to the Franco/Prussian war if you don't want to look it up. :D )

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I made mandrels and forms for the sabot and paper shroud to shoot 62 cal. lead balls in mine (the easiest approach) and cobbled up some extra needles so as not to ruin the original.

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I also worked up a period leather sling based upon the only pictures of one that I could find.

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Re: Dreyse is nice

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:58 pm
by vandle
Your Dreyse is definitely nice.

It looks to be in great condition. Good to see these old girls outside of museums

Re: Dreyse is nice

Posted: Sat Jul 08, 2017 7:49 pm
by Enfield Shooter
WOW! very nice. How does it shoot?

Re: Dreyse is nice

Posted: Sun Jul 09, 2017 10:17 am
by LarryHoosier
Hello Enfield Shooter,

It actually shoots pretty well out to 100 yds. I will post a target whenever I take it out next.

Re: Dreyse is nice

Posted: Thu Jul 13, 2017 1:41 am
by shoggoth80
Very cool!