I am thinking about building a Mendenhall, Jones, & Gardner Rifle and would like to know other forum member's opinions on the feasibility of the project. I'm thinking about starting with a Remington 1863 "Zouave" Rifle, and making the following modifications:
Brand new stock, take a Dunlap 1863 without patchbox and flat buttplate
Grind and re stamp, and color case harden (did they color case harden the locks? the pictures seem to indicate yes)
Remove barrel modern markings, re stamp, rust blue
Replace rear sight with m1841 sight
Replace lock escutcheons with Enfield escutcheons
New, flat buttplate
Replace rammer with all steel m1841 type
re contour barrel bands
Would the following rifle resemble a MJ&G rifle or am I fighting a lost cause? And what would the market be for such a weapon?
I welcome your thoughts.