I have an Ultra-Hi cap lock that I am trying to find out about. It is a .45 cal made in Italy, date code is 1975. What can anyone tell me about the quality of this gun, and what style is this? Who made it? I thought all Ultra-Hi's were made in Japan. I'm confused :)
Here are the pics.
Is it worth keeping, and if so should I restore it or leave it alone?
April 19, 2011, 01:51 PM
That looks like a handsome Kentucky rifle which usually have a barrel length of 33" - 35", having an attractive unitary one piece stock rather than the more common two piece stock that's joined in the middle, and a nicely shaped patchbox.
Is the rifle actually marked .45 or could it be a .44?
Euroarms once made a .44 Kentuckian rifle and also a shorter 27.5" carbine version.
It looks to be a fairly good quality gun that was probably made by a major well known maker.
The barrel appears that it could benefit by being reblued/browned but the stock looks pretty good as it is unless you're really hankering for a refinishing project.
What to do with it could depend on the condition of the bore, how well it shoots and how much that you like it.
April 19, 2011, 04:47 PM
I had a flint kentucky made in Japan. It had a two piece stock, yours looks much better.
April 19, 2011, 05:32 PM
Yes it is .45 cal., and the rifling is good. I pulled the breech plug, and inspected everything. There isn't any pitting, and the rifling is standing proud. I was looking at it again today, and noticed a mark of some sort that I had previously over looked. I'm not sure if it means anything or not. I am thinking of refinishing the barrel, and maybe wet sanding the stock and buffing it out. I would like to change the brass for steel, if I can find some close enough t fit. Any ideas are welcomed, as this will probably become a project gun.
Hard to tell,is it a B with a P or some type or a D with an elongated P.Kinda looks like a Davide Pedersoli stamp,but ive never seen one like this before.Looks "somewhat" like an early ASP/Euroarms stamp.Yes,the AA indicates a 1975 manufacture code and the star is a proof mark.
April 22, 2011, 10:05 PM
April 26, 2011, 09:24 PM
That is a nice looking little rifle! If it were mine it would be a "keeper" for sure.
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