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Good evening.
My question pertains to what this rifle could be, and what its potential worth is. Barrel is marked GR DOUGLAS 40 cal... I did some preliminary research and that pertains to just the barrel, but how does one go about deciphering the rest of the gun. I believe it's black powder muzzleloader but I'm not sure about that, or dating it as well... Thanks so much!
- John

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Hello John.
 Yes, your rifle is a muzzle loading black powder .40 cal. rifle. It looks to be a Hawken model, but your pictures are of the wrong angles. I cannot see the hammer side, but I am sure you know the difference between Flintlock and percussion cap models. G R Douglas was a master barrel builder for all types of firearms, and still is. He did, however, stop manufacturing muzzle loader barrels in the 1980's. These barrels are still highly sought after and can sell from $200 to over $300. The picture of the rifle, as I mentioned, is not of the best angle, but by the heavy brass butt plate, I would have to say it was handmade, with the barrel the main focus. Probably 1960's through 1980's. Value would be for the condition of the barrel and refinement of the finished wood and brass, and of course, the quality of the lock.

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I can answer questions dealing with firearms and their development due to western expansion. I can answer most questions about any firearms of the world manufactured after the Civil War(1868 - present. I can offer safety warnings about these. I can offer opinions and the reasons behind these. I can also answer questions about Iver Johnson firearms. I can identify by pictures most firearms. If your question involves a firearm you have access to, please include a good quality photo with your question.

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I have been at the study of firearms and their use since my first issue of Field and Stream in 1962.At that time I was completely devoted to rifles, but over the years I have experienced the thrill of the hunt with handguns, shotguns and of course rifles. I moved from Oklahoma to New Mexico in 1972 and, since, I have taken numerous game and non-game animals with all firearms (cannons excluded)including blackpowder muzzleloading rifles,shotguns and handguns. My favorite handgun for large non-game animals, such as feral hogs, is my Uberti replica of a 1847 Colt Walker. Very heavy, but accurate.

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I am a 1973 high school graduate. Junior and senior year I developed a class on Wildlife Depredation and Conservation of our Rocky Mountain states. My specialty was the brown bear.

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