Belgian flobert rifle


January 4, 2008, 06:09 PM
After years of looking and only being told that its a parlor gun I finally found out what kind of rifle has been passed down to me. Its a belgian flobert rifle,the action is a lift block style,hexagonal barrel,stock is excellent except for a small sliver of wood missing just below the action metal has aged nicely and I have even fired colibri rounds out of it. Any other info about this and possible value would be greatly appreciated. I will post pics if I can ever figure out how to.

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Roswell 1847
January 4, 2008, 06:27 PM
I'd avoid CCI CB Caps they don't have powder in them but the amount of primer mixture they use might generate enough pressure to bulge the chamber.
I've used the CCI CB to roughly regulate replacement iron sights at short range before sighting in with .22 LR and they are almost as hot as some .22 Shorts I've used for the same purpose.

January 4, 2008, 06:30 PM
I think the ones I used were aguila.

January 4, 2008, 06:58 PM
i have two floberts that im rebuilding right now. one if them i just need to retap the two holes for breechblock & re-temper the trigger return spring. the other will have to make a new breech block & reline the barrel because the chamber is slightly oversize & would probably split the brass. i have about $120 tied up in the pair

January 4, 2008, 07:12 PM
That one on the bottom is the one. Does it have the lift block breech?

January 4, 2008, 07:19 PM
I have the lift block breach flobert. It is circa 1869 Some local old timer smiths tell me stories of them blowing up from to powerful a cartridge, they suggested the cb caps.

January 4, 2008, 07:36 PM
The "lift block" you speak of is called a "Warnant action", because Warnant was the gunsmith who popularized it for low-powered rifles; some Flobert rifles don't have a proper breech, because they use a wide, flat hammer with a narrow firing-pin cut into its face to hold the cartridge in the chamber while it's being fired.

January 4, 2008, 11:01 PM
They're usually not actually .22, it's a proprietary 6mm cartridge that's obsolete. Typically they're broken, but even an intact one is seldom worth $100.

January 5, 2008, 04:13 PM
flobert ammo is still availible but most people shoot cb caps or shorts out of them.
an intact flobert may seldom be worth $100 but they seem to sell in the $200-$750 range.

August 30, 2009, 12:37 AM
(Digging this one up...)

If I understand what you are saying, you can use shorts or CB's out of the 6mm Fobert's?

September 22, 2010, 12:08 PM
I need a hammer for a lifting block action [ warnant], any body out there who can help? It is a 22cal.

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