Thanks for the help.
It's unloaded. I checked. After the guy brought it in, snapped the hammer (is that it's name on a percussion rifle?) down as it was pointed at my head. Haha. Very funny. I told him I'd brain him with his own gun if he pulled that stunt again.
I'm glad, actually, to hear about the mandrel-bent barrel - I have no want to go pulling the trigger on a rifle that old with such a big hole in it (I can imagine the recoil is fairly forceful...probably more than enough to traumatize that old iron.)
The ramrod, oddly, is made of wood, not brass...and a very light wood, like bamboo, or balsa - it is almost as though there were weight concerns in mind. It also has two spots to attach a sling.
Last edited by govmule84; May 4, 2009 at 09:16 PM.