Re: Dimick Target Rifles- information/pictures needed
Different historians have different opinions...
I think what might be going on is that some of them (incorrectly) look at the particular "model" (to use that term loosely as Dimick had 26 makers under his "Western Emporium" shop) for just his "American Deer Rifle" which was .40, and want to make that "standard" for all of the 583 (?) targert and plains rifles delivered by Dimick made by him and competitors.
In brief and to over generalize...
Fremont was a remarkable "scrounger." What the initial deal was was for 1,000 rifles specified to be between half an ounce and an ounce. Without getting out my balls-per-pound charts, IIRC that would be roughly about .32ish to .69 calibre.
And what Dimick did was, to empty his racks trying to scrounge inventory and make new guns to fill the demand starting with 150 and ending up around 583 the difference being a few they produced but the balance being other maker's guns Dimick scrounged himself. (I would have to check the lists in "Arming the Suckers" for example as the 66th went down to IIRC just 15 when they went to Springfields and the few Henry's in 1864.
"Target" rifles and "Hunting" were NUG in the mid to upper .30's to low to mid .40's by the middle of the 19th century as dangerous large game animals and hostile Indians were gone east of the Mississippi (exceptions so noted). And a nominal .40 bore was ideal for paper targets or deer.
Sooo, still being overly brief, a .50 is fine enough and IMHO not worth replacing the barrel just to have a .40 "Deer Rifle."
Here is a Dimick target rifle where the customer non NUG went with a .50:
Last edited by Curt Schmidt; 05-05-2012 at 04:36 PM.
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