ORIGINAL US MODEL 1863 REMINGTON CONTRACT RIFLE AKA "ZOUAVE"
Product Code: ORIGINAL US MODEL 1863 CONTRACT RIFLE
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This is an original 58 caliber US Model 1863 Remington contract rifle also known as "Zouave". About 10,000 of these were made toward the end of the Civil War. This rifle is in good condition. All components of the rifle are original including the ramrod. The barrel has had the bluing removed at some point in the past and the lock and hammer have been blued again at some point in the past. The lock and hammer were originally color case hardened. The lock functions correctly on half and full cock. This rifle has the rarer 7 groove rifling as opposed to the more commonly found 3 groove. The condition of the bore and rifling is good with some pitting but the bore is very shootable. The exterior of the barrel and lock have some light to moderate pitting in the breech area. The stock is in good condition with the usual dings and scratches and some faint cartouches. The brass butt plate, patchbox, trigger guard and bands are in very good condition with both the lower and upper sling swivels present. These rifles in very good to excellent condition are pushing $3,000.00. Additional photos are available upon request.