J. W. Edge, Manchester. Superb .451 cal. percussion long range target rifle #1725, ca. 1865-70 - Price $18,500

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J. W. Edge, Manchester. Superb .451 cal. percussion long range target rifle #1725, ca. 1865-70. Weight: 10 lbs. Beautiful 36” barrel with an absolutely brilliant bore, no corrosion whatever at the breech,  and an old reblack finish now turning a rich brown color. Magnificent lock, beautifully engraved, and mechanically absolutely perfect in every way. Highly figured walnut pistol-grip stock with horn forend cap and no provision for a ramrod which was characteristic of these late percussion-era masterpieces. The stock has a number of scuffs, abrasions, and minor dings from over a century of use, storage, and neglect but is overall sound and not refinished. High precision vernier elevation-adjustable rear sight numbered to the gun, mid-range sight, and vernier windage-adjustable hooded foresight which has provisions for changing out an insert to give any number of different sight pictures. All vernier scales are overlaid with platinum or white gold. These late percussion-era long range target rifles, capable of minute-of-angle groups at 500-700 yds., represent the absolute pinnacle of the development of the muzzle loading rifle and are among the most highly sought after antique firearms in the world today by both shooters and collectors. A great rarity in fine condition.