Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1090: Bullard Repeating Arms Co Large-Rifle 45

Auction Date: September 11, 2015

Scarce Bullard Large Frame Lever Action Sporting Rifle with English Proofmarks

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $2,000 - $3,000

Scarce Bullard Large Frame Lever Action Sporting Rifle with English Proofmarks

Manufacturer: Bullard Repeating Arms Co
Model: Large-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45
Barrel: 24 inch round
Finish: blue/casehardened
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 881
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 47
Class: Antique

Between 10,000 and 12,000 of these rifles were manufactured between 1886 and 1890 in a variety of calibers and variations including .45-70 and .45-85. Despite a quality design, Bullard's rifles were unable to compete with Winchester and Marlin who had already come to dominate the market. This large frame example has a German silver blade front sight, adjustable sporting notch rear sight, half length magazine tube, "CAL/45" on the receiver bridge, the two line patent information on the left side of the receiver, the serial number just behind the trigger, and a smooth stock and forearm with a Bullard turkey emblem hard rubber buttplate. English proofmarks are on the left side of the barrel and frame.

Rating Definition:

Very good. The rifle has 25% faded original blue finish and case colors, overall minor spotting, and a brown patina on most of the barrel and magazine tube. The wood is fair with some small nicks and scrapes including a series of extensive small dings on the butt. The buttplate is partially smoothed and has a chip absent. The action functions fine, but the dust cover is loose and interferes with smooth operation. The markings are clear.

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