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Default A Poor Boy,... Southern Mountain Rifle

I bought this today, for $275. The very best place to find outstanding deals are at gunshops....

This is a Japanese Miroku. Built during the early 1970's for Dixie Gunworks. The frizzen has been sparked, but the gun is unfired. It is a Poor Boy style Tennessee Mountain gun in a squirrel caliber - .32 rifled. The lock is in a small Siler pattern.

Next week, I will build a period correct ramrod for it....work up a load for it, file the sights.... I will make meat with it, then put it away for my youngest grandson...two years old already.



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That Sir; is a sweet little rifle. Thanks for showing it to us
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Handsome rifle. That's from a period when Dixie sold really pretty rifles.

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Sir, very nice. FWIW, I much prefer a plain rifle with iron furniture to those gaudy brass-encrusted things.

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My most expensive .32 was a Danny Caywood. At about $2,700 this new gun is 1/10th the cost. Not a swamped barrel and nowhere near the detail. But if you stop and think about it..

Po Boys, weren't made for the rich...

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Nice little rifle,,can't hardly buy a bbl and lock for that price to build one.

The lock looks Ketland style to me but no matter,,I like it!
I think L&R (or one of the other lock makers) makes drop-in replacement for the DGW/Miroku Tennessee rifle should it ever need one. Miroku made some nice stuff though.

It seems like the L&R has a double throated hammer but maybe I'm thinking of another. They make quite a few 'replacement' locks.

Almost went for a .25cal (Rayl) bbl recently but have too many other projects to do. Probably just as well,,the novelty might wear thin as quickly as the bore fouled, though some say it doesn't.

32 seems traditional if that's the right word.
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Outstanding. I had no idea Miroku made front stuffers.

I'm sure that is a fine rifle.
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I remember looking at these and really admiring the simplicity of them in older Dixie catalogs. If I recall correctly they ended the description of them with, "..in another words, very plain." I liked them much more than the fancier ones. Great deal.
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Good lookin' rifle there Giz. That's one heck of a deal on a fine little rifle.

I've got three SMRs. They were custom made by a local guy.
Siler locks, Douglas premium barrels and L&R triggers.
I think you've seen pictures of them before.
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I've got one of those in .50. I bought the extra percussion lock so that I can convert it at will. I'm having trouble getting the flint lock to spark well. May have to reharden the frizzen.

"I had no idea Miroku made front stuffers."

They also made some really nice 1861 and 1863 Springfield repos. I helped put a couple of their kits together for fellow reenactors.
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My southern style poor boy 40. cal rifle was made by Jackie Brown, from MS. Then l got a Danny Caywood 20 ga/.62 cal smoothbore tradegun. Both are flinters as l'm sure those new fangled percussion cap smokepoles will never catch on!
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If the bore is nice then that was a pretty good deal. I hope it shoots well for you.

I have a 36 caliber Southern Mountain Rifle with a walnut stock. Mine shoots well. The small bores are fun too shoot.


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That is a interesting percussion...really would like to hear more about it...!
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That's a real beauty Gizamo! Sweet!

My wife and I are going to Dixie Gun Works this coming Wednesday. I've never been, but sure have wanted to since I was a kid and pored over their catalogs. I'll most likely post a report
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Please do...!

Never been there, either. Would really like to see it someday.
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Nice Giz, if yours is as good as mine was you won't want to save it for the Grandson but keep shooting it. Mine did clover leafs at 25 yards all day every day. Got stupid and sold it. Very dumb.

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Nothing special. Just a nice 36 caliber Poor Boy custom rifle with walnut instead of Maple. I picked it up off of Clay Smith. Tom.

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Nothin special, huh ?

Clay Smith for those that do not know....was a riflemaker at the Colonial Williamsberg shop. He is very well known and produces one of a kind custom high quality guns.
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It's percussion twin hangs over my fireplace.

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Nothin special, huh ?

Clay Smith for those that do not know....was a riflemaker at the Colonial Williamsberg shop. He is very well known and produces one of a kind custom high quality guns.


Let me explain a little better. I purchased the rifle from Clay Smith in used condition. He told me the rifle belonged to his good friend of many years who had just died. And his friends wife asked Mr. Smith to sell the rifle for him. I am not saying Mr. Smith made the rifle. I do not know the origin of the builder that made the rifle. I never asked Mr. Smith. He told me it was a good deal. And with his reputation, that was good enough for me. Tom.
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