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Post by gheide » Wed May 27, 2015 5:52 pm

My dad always wanted to complete a Pacific 5 1/2 "Montana" Ballard. He died last fall and left me several parts. I know it's a huge long shot, but any chances someone has the frame stamped 9882? I have the barrel and would love to find its mate. Thanks!

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Post by marlinman93 » Tue Jun 02, 2015 7:03 pm

Yes, that's a gigantic long shot, and I hope you're successful in finding the gun, and then getting the owner to part with it! Whoever owns it will probably want you to sell them the barrel!
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Post by Regnier (gunrunner) » Wed Jun 03, 2015 4:30 pm

Gentlemen;

Having many discussions with John Dutcher, author of the Ballard book, he has stated several times that the Pacific action was the choice of many of the old time gun smiths that customized single shot rifles for target work. The double set triggers made it the ideal choice for them to use. He also stated that many of the "Schutezen Fest" participants used the Pacific rifle (in it's original state) for target shooting because of the double set triggers and weight of the rifle made them ideal to use for target shooting. At this past Denver show, there was a young man carrying around a Ballard action he was customizing for a target rifle. And yes, it was a Pacific action. He had it engraved and case-colored to his liking and was in process of finishing it up. Looked good, but now, sadly, there is one less original Pacific Ballard rifle for future generations.
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Post by gheide » Thu Jun 04, 2015 10:26 pm

Thanks to both of you for the info and encouragement! It's been suspicion all along that the barrel was parted from the action for just such a purpose. I suspect it's not uncommon to find barrels without the action, making them a bit less expensive. That's probably how my dad managed to lay hands on it, instead of a completed rifle. I do have a couple of Pacific actions. Maybe I'll eventually put a mismatch together, but I thought it was at least worth a try.
Thanks again!

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Post by SgtDog » Mon Jun 22, 2015 10:45 am

I hope my son is not someday seeking the same quest. Just picked up a barrel and I'd settle for any forged action that was in decent shape. Guy never knows till he tries I suppose.

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