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Lewis Smigielski
January 12, 2009, 05:48 PM
I recently picked up a Mowery cap and ball .45 cal. rifle. It has a hardwood stock and a sheet brass foreend. Iseem to recall seeing ads for these rifles in the '70s, but don't recall where they were made. Is anyone familiar with these guns?

January 12, 2009, 07:57 PM
Don't know if this helps but have a book that says these are made and distributed in Waldren IN. Based on Ethan Allen designs. Personally not all that familiar with them ....

Be Safe !!!

January 12, 2009, 10:05 PM
I`ve got one I bought a few years ago ( gunshow find ) ...mine has the brass reciever and sheet brass forearm 50 cal ... these rifles were called EathanAllen Rifles , sold by Mowrey in Olin TX. USA ...Mowrey has been out of business for quite a long time , but a company called DeerCreek ..bought the gunworks and parts ...The folks at DeerCreek have plenty of parts on hand and can make just about any part you could need lock stock and barrels .....I replaced the brass reciever on mine with a steel one from DeerCreek ...they still make the brass but also offer it in steel ....I had problems with the brass reciever getting soft so I replaced mine with the steel reciever and kept the brass one for latter replacement ...
The folks at DeerCreek told me the brass reciever model was rare around 1959 - 1960, not many made , they had never seen one , just talked to people like me that owned them . Here`s a pic of mine with the reciever replacement

Creek Walker
January 13, 2009, 05:13 PM
Hello all,

New to this forum, but have been reading a lot of the posts lately and feel as if I've "found a home". Been shooting BP guns for lots of years & love 'em. Speaking of which, I have one of the Mowery .50 cal rifles. It has a brass frame and a wooden fore end. Got lots of other rifles, some custom, but I'm here to tell you that that Mowery "hangs" better than any of 'em! I feel like I can hold on target forever (well, maybe a full minute anyway :)). Hope to make meat with it someday.

September 21, 2010, 04:34 PM
I have two Mowery's, one steel frame .50 cal and one brass frame .54 cal. I do not recommend getting a brass frame. It is a soft brass and the nipple blows out of the frame if loading over a 90 grain load. The steel frame is a good rifle and very accurate. I would put it up against any Lyman Great Plains rifle. The brass frame has been nothing but problems and I would like to change it to a steel frame. I will contact the new company that owns the rights to the Mowery Rifles and see if they have a frame.