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Old March 3, 2014, 04:14 PM   #25
ernieh101
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The gun you have is not a rolling block breech, it had a breech that was hinged and had the plunger in it. I have one just like it but in better condition. If you look below the ejector you will see the pin that the breech was held by. As was previously stated the crown over R indicates that it had a rifled barrel and the symbol below it is a "perron" which is the symbol that it was produced in Liege, Belgium as that is the symbol of this city. The oval with the crown over it and the ELG and star inside is also a symbol of Belgium manufacture and was made after 1892 because through 1892 there was not a crown over the oval. This proof also indicated that it used a black powder cartridge and the .22L was the cartridge. The .22 long cartridge of this period used 5 grains of black powder and a .29 grain bullet. This was 25% more powerful than the .22 black powder short. Everyone is correct that you should not shoot modern ammo in this weapon and is probably why your breech is missing. I fired a .22 short in mine when I first obtained it in 1954 0r 1955 to see if it worked and the breech opened about 1/4 inch and fire flew out. I never tried again. I think that the FL in front of of the .22 may have indicated the breech was Flobert designed but I am not sure. Flobert also made some .22 rim fire ammo. I'll attach some pics of my old rifle showing the breech, etc for anyone who is interested. The initials was probably the inspectors. The forum will not allow me to upload these files since they are high definition and exceed their allowed size, however if anyone wants to see them I will email them to you.
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