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Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by cdbeaver, Jan 31, 2003.

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  1. cdbeaver

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    Today I acquired a little .22 rifle relic that a friend of mine found while moving from his old home into a new one. He's amenable to selling it, but I don't know what it's worth. Here's some information to help in identifying the thing:

    Single shot .22 tip-up barrel w/hammer. Over-all length 31 1/2 inches, barrel length 16 inches. Inscribed on left side of receiver:

    The Hamilton Rifle No. 2/22 caliber
    Patented Oct. 30 1900 Oct. 13, 1907
    MFD. BY C. J. HAMILTON & SON
    Plymouth, Mich. USA


    It's pretty well covered with rust, but I think I can clean it up somewhat. Bore seems to be partially filled with crud that also probably can be cleaned up.

    Stock has no buttlplate, either original or removed; but there are no visible screw holes for a plate.

    Action has a small lever just behind the barrel. When moved to the near-vertical position, the barrel tips down for loading. Sights are very crude.

    I wish I had a photo to go with this thread, but my digital camera doesn't take good sharp photos. Maybe my son will come over and take a good one so I can show you.

    Any help in getting some good information on this rifle and an approximate value would be greatly appreciated.
     
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    In the condition you describe of very little value. As I remember these were prizes given away in the 1930s or 40s for selling a dozen cans of Cloverine Salve. A lot of young lads were able to obtain their first .22 rifle in this manner.
     
  4. cdbeaver

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    To a T . . .

    Thanks for the swift reply, JJ. The photos show the rifle to be exactly like mine, though maybe not in as good condition.

    I began to clean the rifle up this morning and quickly learned that the barrel is actually a sleeve fit around a barrel insert. The rifling is pretty well pitted. Don't know whether I want to actually fire it or not.

    Not too sure I want to show your reply to my pal, either. I figured around $10-20 would be top price to pay.
     
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    Great Info

    KMKeller, that's super information you've dug up on that little old rifle. Upon closer inspection, I can clearly see it's a Model 27 22 caliber.

    I'm glad you pointed out that the rifle won't accept Long Rifle cartridges because I was going to take it out tomorrow and give them a try. I'll stick to shorts because I don't think you can find a box of 22 Longs any where in this little burg.

    My pal will be delighted to know he may have something of value to a collector. Thanks a bunch.
     
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    Check out This Page Too.

    NOTE: there was a model 27, a model 027 and a Japanese Model 027.
     
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    cdbeaver - glad I could be of some service.

    Kirk
     
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    WOW! I sure have to revise - upward - my idea of the value of those little guns.!

    They are pretty uncommon today, though, as most went in the trash as soon as the owner grew up and could afford a better rifle.

    Jim
     
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