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Lot 283: New York Half-Stock Percussion Target Rifle by L.L. Hepburn

Auction Date: February 16, 2022

Desirable New York Half-Stock Percussion Target Rifle by Noted American Gunsmith and Marksman L.L. Hepburn

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,500 - $4,000

Desirable New York Half-Stock Percussion Target Rifle by Noted American Gunsmith and Marksman L.L. Hepburn

Manufacturer: American
Model: Percussion
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 40
Barrel: 27 1/2 inch octagon
Finish: blue/casehardened/German silver
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 579
Serial Number:
Class: Antique
Rating:

OE - GOOD - some minor replacement parts; metal smoothly rusted or lightly pitted in places, cleaned; principal lettering, numerals and design on metal legible; lightly scratched, bruised or minor cracks repaired; in good working order.

Description:

Lewis Lobdell Hepburn (1832-1914) was trained as a blacksmith and gunsmith in upstate New York and was a maker of custom muzzle loading firearms in the 1850s to 1870s. He came to work for Remington in the 1870s as their foreman in the mechanical department and was a competitor in the historic first Creedmoor matches and designed the famous Remington No. 3 Hepburn rifles. He later worked for Marlin and patented many designs, including for lever action rifles. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

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