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#619203 09/11/2022 12:29 AM
by Argo44
I've finished the Reilly history. But this gun on Gunsinternational is interesting:

The SN 20659 dates it to early spring 1877. The weight is listed at 7 lbs 8.75 oz...which is far heavier than a standard Reilly field gun. It is chambered for 2 3/4" but there is no indication it has been reproofed so that is likely original. The chambering needs to be confirmed from the seller. This is of course black powder. Chokes are "1/4" and cylinder but in a 1877 gun without a "not for ball" stamp, surely that "1/4" has been caused by honing the 30" Damascus barrels. The stock may be a replacement but well done. The locks are best quality Stanton's (Reilly would have charged a premium for them) and polished internally.

I assess this as a 1870's pigeon gun because of its weight and chambering. Reilly began advertising pigeon guns in 1868 and this became one of his main sporting advertisement promotions. Looks like a lot of drop.

The seller has his Reilly history mixed up - I sent him a correction but no the Reilly history line. The price at $1,500 appears to be is quite reasonable.

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#619227 Sep 11th a 05:30 PM
by LeFusil
I suppose $1500 does seem reasonable for a gun of this quality….until you start looking at the pics. It looks to be significantly off face (pic#4), the hinge pin slot seems to have been widened (or new pin made with incorrectly cut slot) and looks out of place (pic #4), the barrels will have to take a considerable amount of striking and work to make them look right too (pics # 12 & 20), pins do not match on the forend (pic #17). Nice locks, nice wood, some attractive features. Probably cost in excess of 2k to make it “right” and that’s if the barrels (bores, MWT, ribs) check out, etc. The barrels would need a lot of cosmetic work, they look pretty awful as is and while it may not drive some people nuts, it would definitely drive me nuts.
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#619218 Sep 11th a 01:17 PM
by Dan S. W.
Dan S. W.
I would REALLY like to see the wall thickness measurements on that one prior to purchase given that it was proofed at 13 and now measures .727 and .729. I would guess the 2.75 chambers were a later addition by a new world gunsmith.
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#619213 Sep 11th a 11:29 AM
by Hammergun
The forend release is a Scott patent, used on their best guns.
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