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What's Your Longest Long Rifle?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by Cosmoline, Apr 23, 2007.

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  1. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Member

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    I always find myself drawn to the long long rifles, from the WWI war rifles to the Penn. frontier flintlocks. Something about the shorter rifles seems wrong to me. I was just curious to see if anyone else had extra long rifles. My longest currently is a Finnish M-91 Mosin, at just over 51" OAL with a 31 1/2" barrel. One of the side benefits of a barrel that long is it's almost silenced when you shoot mild fast-burning handloads out of it. My 123 grain load using a light charge of 3031 is more of a "paaf" out of that barrel.
     
  2. Hoppy590

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    my 91/30 is the longest. still looking for a M91

    i do have a old percusion cap musket that is WAY longer, but its decommisioned
     
  3. Gewehr98

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    1874 Sharps Business Rifle

    32" heavy octagon barrel.

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    Runner up is a 1911 Schmidt-Rubin, with 30" barrel:

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    "paaf", eh? (Note name on watermark) :p
     
  4. silverlance

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    I love long rifles. I still want an arbelesque (sp?) black powder fur trapper gun. I'm chinese, you know - we like ridiculously long rifles and cannons. too bad most of our dynasty pieces are on display at the tower of london =/
     
  5. Old Time Hunter

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    40" barrel on an original model 1861 Springfield. Which by the way is a REAL American rifle.
     
  6. gaweidert

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    My 69/71 Swiss Vetterli and Russian/Finnish M91's are all about the same length.
     
  7. bill larry

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    1938 Turk Mauser
     
  8. RockyMtnTactical

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    Used to have a 29" Turk Mauser... but the sucker was too damn long, so I sold it and bought a 23" Yugo.
     
  9. stevekl

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    I think my Swedish Mauser is taller than my mom.
     
  10. cracked butt

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    Lyman Great Plains Flintlock: 32" barrel.
     
  11. Cosmoline

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    See, I knew we'd be going over the standard page margins on this thread right away!

    Pfaff is a great ballistic name. Better than Gunn even.
     
  12. another okie

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    Infantry model trapdoor springfield. A rifle that will make you respect the manliness of the frontier army. Anyone who could haul that thing across Kansas by foot on a hot summer day is tough.

    edited: Forgot to say, 52" long.
     
  13. 4fingermick

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    I'll have to dig them out and measure them. The Mosin from memory came up to my chest and I'm 6' 3" tall!
     
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    Waiting for someone to post a .50 or a 20mm... ;)
     
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    Both of my muzzleloading Tennessee Po'Boy rifles (.40 cal & .50 cal) have 42 inch barrels.
    I'm not sure what the over all length of them is, but it's pretty long. LOL
     
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    I have a Russian 1891 Mosin. It's not only my longest, but also my oldest firearm.
     
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  18. gezzer

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    I have 2 custom made flintlocks with 42 inch barrels one in .40 caliber (my favorite) and the other in .54 caliber used as my big game rifle.
     
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  20. lionking

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    without looking,either my Mosin 91/30 or Persian Mauser?My Winchester 1886 has some stretch to it also.
     
  21. LAK

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    I do not have anything with a barrel over 25" at present; however, I do like longer barrels. In addition to confining burning powder and reducing blast there are other benefits.

    One is the practical effect on shooting offhand; the steadying effect of all that weight hanging out front. This also has a damping influence when swinging on moving targets. When open sights are employed it provides a generous sight radius even with the rear sight mounted on the barrel.

    That extra weight up front further suppresses muzzle jump during firing and slows the forces of recoil.

    While there are tradeoffs, it was with such long barreled rifles in the form of the Mauser paired with the very capable 7x57 cartridge that the Boers gave the British some stern lessons in musketry at ranges often in excess of a 1000 yards in battles like that at Colenso.

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    Shiloh Sharps Long Range Express w/RHO telescopic sight 34" barrel 52" overall
    Oh 45/70 BTW
     
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    .36 caliber flintlock.

    My favorite squirrel rifle has a 39 1/2" barrel. Not exactly handy, but not bad in open hardwoods plinking tree rats for the crock-pot.
     
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    1893 Turk Mauser-29" barrel, 48 1/2" overall length.
     
  25. foghornl

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    Hmmmm

    My Flintlock .50 is pretty darn long....it just barely fits in my display cabinet. It is longer than the US Rifle Cal .30 M1, but I am not near my cabinet & tape measure to check them.

    Probably the shortest centerfire I have is my M-44 Mosin-Nagant. In rimfires, my 10/22 is shorter than my OLD Marlin 99.
     
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