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Ferriss Creedmoor Rifle

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This rifle is a custom hand-made reproduction of a long range muzzle loading rifle built by George Ferriss around 1880.

George Ferriss was a famous and popular Utica, New York, target rifle maker from the time he went to work for Morgan James in the early 1850's till his death in the mid 1880's. The first mention I find of him is where he won a 550 yard rifle match with the shortest string measure in the late 1840's. He was obviously an accomplished shooter as well as a rifle maker.

A skilled craftsman, he and his employees build many and varied target rifles, combination rifles, and etc. throughout his career, but with the introduction of the British long range game to Creedmoor with the famous 1874 Irish vs American matches, it was only a matter of time before he and the other accomplished muzzle loading target rifle makers in this country would build a few muzzle loaders for that game.

The rules for that game were simple: single trigger, ten pounds weight, and it had to be fired from the prone or supine position. All of which was different than the long-standing American method of shooting, but it was no great challenge to redesign the target rifle he had made for nearly 30 years to fit within the rules of this new game.

Unfortunately in the early years, muzzle-loaders were not made very welcome at Creedmoor, with them being specifically disallowed in the monthly long range matches sponsored by Remington, but eventually there were a few allowed to shoot there as Remington control of the matches faded. About that same time George's son, Fred, moved the few miles to Ilion, NY. It is assumed that he went to work for Remington, but it is known that he shot on the Ilion long range rifle team and competed at Creedmoor at least once and took part in the inaugural match at the new Atlanta range in 1882.

Somewhere along this time George built a few special order prone target rifles. The first time I saw one was a blurry old picture in Ned Roberts book entitled “The Muzzle Loading Cap Lock Rifle” from the late 1930's.

After much research that included collectors and curators, I decided to recreate the George Ferriss long range rifle as I felt it embodied all of the best features of the American target rifles, while still maintaining many of the characteristics of the pre-war target rifles of his early career. In my rendition of this fine rifle I built it slightly heavier and larger than the original to match up with current rules, and the larger average size of the shooter today vs. 130 years ago.

My rifle received the ultimate compliment when a firearms collector and expert that has seen about everything worth seeing, said that it looked as if George had built it.

This rendition of the George Ferris rifle is a take-down rifle just as many original American target rifles were, with disassembly being accomplished by removing a tapered steel pin. The rifle can be taken apart and reassembled with no change in zero, so there is no shooting-in the rifle each time it is assembled, as there often is with typical half stock match rifles.

Caliber: 45 Caliber

Barrel Length: 34" full octagon match-grade; fast twist.

Standard Length of Pull: 13 1/2" and 14 1/2".

Weight: 12 lbs with sights (not included).
Receiver: Color case hardened.
Trigger: Standard trigger with 2 lb pull.
Sights: The rifle is cut and drilled for sights but is priced without sights because many shooters have a favorite brand they may wish to have installed. I make a set of sights for this rifle that can be fitted to it as I build it.
Stock: Missouri Black Walnut. Base price is for fairly plain wood with some curl. Fancier wood available with upgrade.
Features: Standard checkering on stock, checkered steel butt-plate, barrel finished in matte blue. Rust bluing of the barrel is available as an upgrade.

Upgrades on wood and finishes are available. Can also do other twists on the barrel and possibly other calibers.

Base price of the standard rifle is $2850.00 US.
Please call before ordering. You may make a deposit on your rifle of $250 via Paypal, but the final purchase price is due when the rifle is done. You are welcome to make payments on it during the building process, or wait till it is completed.If your order requires much special work, it is possible that I will require a larger deposit before work actually begins, if that special work might make it difficult to sell the rifle as a standard model should you happen to cancel the order before completion.Due to popularity of this rifle and the fact that they are basically hand-made, there is currently a back log of orders, so please be prepared to be patient.

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