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As requested by Paul H & Jamie....
Old 03-02-2015, 10:34 AM
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Default As requested by Paul H & Jamie....

Latest acquisition - The Pieper Rifle.
Chambering - 44 WCF.
Bbl - 24" octagonal.
Has quick removable breech block assembly and hole in the rear of the receiver for cleaning.
Obviously Henri Pieper's own revision of a miniature Martini action.
An original sporting rifle, not a re-engineered BSA, Francotte, Greener or Braendlin.
The receiver and extractor are entirely different, as is the pivot position of the lever.
It has the trigger guard as part of the lever and the trigger passes through a hole in the lever.
There are Liege nitro proof marks so estimated date of construction is circa 1890.
That's all I'll venture to speculate on as others here know lots more than me.

Chambering and proofs:

Top right bolt above side mount unscrews to remove breech block assembly:

With action open - decocking lever on right side of breech block.

Breech block assembly removed for cleaning:

Octagonal bbl with muzzle and crown:

Original butt plate.....unfortunately damaged:

Any helpful info appreciated.
BTW, the aperture sight is no help.
It's accurate but about a foot too low and to the right, hence the following 3 shot group:

I was aiming at the centre of the target right on the top of the "1" ring.
Any recommendations as to a sight I could put into the original dovetail would be appreciated.
I'm considering this bullseye rear sight for Winchester lever guns.
Plus the requisite elevator:
The full length rifles have the same bbl, same chambering after all.
Cheers & God Bless
22lr ~ 22 Hornet ~ 25-20 ~ 303/25 ~ 7mm-08 ~ 303 British ~ 310 Cadet ~ 9.3x62 ~ 450/400 N.E. 3"

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