8 Bore Boxlock Rifle

    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.

    Picture 2-17
    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

    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!