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Steven Dodd Hughes --- Custom California Half-Stock Percussion Rifle --- .54 Calibre
Steven Dodd Hughes --- Contemporary Custom California Half-Stock Percussion Rifle --- .54 Calibre. 32" hooked-breech slightly-tapered full-octagon barrel by Lynn Weimer with deep-cut 1:60 twist rifling to stabilize a round ball, percussion-fenced breechblock, blade front sight, base for (included) Rocky Mountain rear sight, Marbles tang peep sight with custom offset base by John Madole, and with brass-tipped ramrod retained by double thimbles. Stocked in well-cured French walnut with cast-in-place pewter forend tip, escutcheoned key fastener, steel triggerguard with pineapple finial and pistol-grip tang, classic borderless flat-top checkering, beaded cheekpiece, inletted patchbox and toeplate---both with pineapple finials, and crescent steel buttplate. Bar-action sidelock action by Griffith Tool Co., with double-set triggers by Walter Cain. Engraved by Mark Drain. Maker's gold-inlaid SDH cartouche at breech. Pull: 13 7/8". Drop: 1 5/8" - 2 3/4". Cast-off: 1/2". Weight: 8lbs, 11oz. Blued barrel, casehardened lock, breechblock and patchbox, and with registered and fire-blued screws. Completed in 1987; the prototype for Steven Hughes' series of nine California rifles. Very little used---although two blacktail deer were taken with the rifle by the maker. Pictured on the cover of GUNS Magazine, April 1989, a copy of which, amongst other paperwork, is included.