8 Bore Boxlock Rifle

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

Colin Stolzer, who owns Stolzer & Son’s Gunsmithing, emailed me photos of a custom 8 Bore Boxlock muzzleloader he was recently build for a client. It is a true work of art.

Click to expand the photos (the small thumbnails do not do it justice):

8 Bore (.835″) 1:104 twist Octagon to wedding band transition then straight tapered round to the muzzle.
Jeff Tanner Ball Mould (.805″).

The finished rifle weighs right at 11 pounds.

The Action is a Pete Allan Boxlock Casting, it is representative of the 1860’s Edwin Wesson Boxlocks. The metal finish is rust blued.

The Ramrod is Rosewood w/ a steel button on one end and a threaded steel tip on the other for accessories.

It has a full length underrib to add a little weight.

The Stock is rock maple, stained with a dark walnut stain and then oil finished and then waxed to a sheen.

The forearms has an ebony tip, all the pipes, underrib, front sight and sight base were custom made in my shop.

The action was also reshaped, and the original triggerguard was removed and replace with the more elegant and classic one in the finished pictures.

The butt plate is a wide English style plate. The checkering is flattop.

I asked Colin to email me some photos to give a sense of scale to large bore size.

8 bore balls. These would weight 875 grains is they were pure lead.

A nickel on the barrel.

Many thanks to Colin for emailing me this photos. If you are wanting a custom muzzleloader designed I am sure Colin could make you one. His contact info is on his website.

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Josh j Josh j on May 17, 2009

    ??? what I shot was not a muzzle loader it was a black powder cartridge rifle, I like cowboy action stuff but not black powder too much cleaning.
    I also prefer to shoot farther than 50yds unless handgun hunting, that is very exciting at that range but there are too many stories of the venerable .458 mag failing to stop African dangerous game.
    did not mean to offend it does look nice and if you got the money it's your right to spend it on what you want.

  • Lanny Lanny on Nov 17, 2010

    I just stumbled upon this site and thought you may be interested in a short story. I met Pete in 1975 while deer hunting in Whitewater St. Park in Minnesota. I had been planning on building a rifle from scratch and got some great pointers from him. He frowned when I told him I was a wood carver and wanted to do a fancy rifle. He hated them. He did however tell me when it was time to get the parts to come and see him at his home and he would hand pick my hardware. I ended up with the best shooting 50 I have ever seen. All I can say is Thanks Pete.