Sporterized Husqvarna 1867/89 45-70 Rolling Block Single-Shot Rifle Antique
SOLD FOR: $1250
Model: Sporterized Swedish Rolling Block Model 1867/89
Year of Manufacture: 1871, ATF Antique
Action Type: Single Shot Rolling-Block style Rifle with Extractor.
Markings: The left side of the action is marked “13127”. The bottom tang is serial matched. The right side of the action is marked “H” for Husqvarna and “1871” which was the date of manufacture. The attached scope’s ocular lens is marked “D.G.W. / 4X15 / JAPAN”. (Dixie Gun Works)
Barrel Length: 31.5”, Octagonal. The barrel is not original to the rifle.
Sights/ Optics: There is a globe style front sight dovetailed by the muzzle featuring a posted aperture under a protective hood. The rear sight is a folding u-notch fixed to a leaf that is dovetailed over an elevator. The barrel is drilled and tapped and has two attached brass scope ring bases. The rear base has a screw-set scope ring and the front base is mounted with a dovetailed scope ring. The scope rings are holding a brass Dixie Gun Works 4×15 scope. The scope has a sharp fine crosshair reticle and is clear. The scope has some scattered light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. The rear end of the scope has some scattered patches of discoloration and light surface oxidation. Overall, the scope is in Good condition. The top tang is also drilled and tapped but the screws are missing and no accessory for the top tang is included or installed.
Stock Configuration & Condition/ Grip: The stocks which are not original are two-piece wood featuring a schnable style forend and a butt-stock with a straight wrist, a straight comb and metal butt-plate with a patchbox. There is a sling swivel fixed to the bottom of the forend and one on the belly. Please note, there is a slot for a sling swivel at the front of the trigger guard, but there is no sling swivel included or installed. The stocks have light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. There is a pin on the right side of the forend. There are no chips or cracks. The LOP is 14.5” from the trigger to the rear end of the butt-plate. The butt-plate’s finish has largely worn off and has some scattered light surface oxidation. Overall, the stocks are in Very Good condition.
Type of Finish: Cold Blued and Case Colored
Finish Originality: The barrel has been refinished but the Case Colored Receiver is original.
Bore Condition: The bore is mostly bright with sharp rifling. There is scattered light erosion in the bore.
Overall Condition: The rifle retains about 45% of its metal finish. The receiver’s finish has largely worn off but there is still some original case coloring present. The barrel’s finish has thinned with finish loss along the leading edges, some light nicks, scuffs and handling marks. Notably, there is light surface oxidation concentrated on the left side of the action. The markings remain clear. The screwheads have tool-marks but they remain serviceable. Overall, the rifle is in Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly. We did not fire this rifle. As with all previously owned firearms, a thorough cleaning may be necessary to meet your maintenance standards.
Box Paperwork and Accessories: The rifle comes with dark brown Hunter 412-26 leather scabbard. The scabbard is marked “HUNTER / 412-26”. The scabbard has some scattered light handling marks, nicks and scuffs. Notably, there are some scattered patches of black discoloration. Overall, the scabbard is in Very Good condition.
Our Assessment: This is a sporterized Husqvarna manufactured Model 1867/89 rolling block rifle that has had new stocks installed and a new barrel also installed chambered for .45-70 caliber cartridges. The Swedish Model 1867/89 was domestically manufactured by several firms in Sweden. Rolling block technology was sold by Remington to Sweden in 1867, and the Swedish proceeded to manufacture their own stockpile. In 1889, most of the original rifles were upgraded hence the model designation 1867/89. This action for this rifle was converted (it has a centerfire firing pin) during the transition from Model 1867s to 1867/81s. Aside from the action the rest of the rifle is no longer in its original Swedish military configuration. This specimen is a nicely made sporterized military rifle that should prove a fun addition to any collection. Good luck on your bid!