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#338933 09/21/13 03:00 PM
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I looked an interesting target rifle today. The barrel was marked Paul Reuss in Stuttgart and Guesstahl. It was a quality bolt action gun with nice engraving and a very heavy octagon barrel. Any information on this maker? Quality of his work? Values?

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Hello,

Paul Reuss was a trader and gunmaker. On German egun ther is a nice double rifle on auction right now:

http://www.egun.de/market/item.php?id=4476678

He was mentioned on a deal about some Colt SAA revolvers on this Site:

http://www.forest-rebels.de/?s=galerie&g=waffenausstellung


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Patrick,
The "Guessstahl"is likely for Gussstahl, or fluid steel(barrel material). Photos would be helpful.
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I tried putting them in a photo bucket slideshow. Lets see if this works.

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I can't find Reuss in Der Neue Stockel but judging from a few specimens singned by his name scattered on the internet I would date Paul Reuss' active period from circa 1870s to the early 1900s.

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Photos are fine. This could be an early piece, maybe from circa 1875. On the other hand, similar rifles were made for a couple of decades so it's not easy to pinpoint the year withoud other information such as caliber, etc.

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I very much doubt that Paul Reuss, Kronprinzenstr.3, Stuttgart, made the rifle himself. It is of the simplified Mauser M71 type, made in Suhl or, more often, Zella Mehlis for the trade. These actions were a staple of the guntrade there, made by many shops in many different sizes, from small garden rifles using pistol sized cartridges through stalking and target rifles like this one up to Vogelbüchsen rifles in 12 bore. Dating the rifle is not easy. If there are proofmarks under the barrel, it was made after 1893. If not, 1875 to 1893. Reuss is documented being active from 1881 to 1901. In 1884 he advertised Smith & Wesson No.3 revolvers converted to use the German 11 mm Reichsrevolver cartridge.

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Patrick,
What Kuduae said, plus I think it is a nice rifle. I have a similar one with no safety and different trigger guard(not nearly in as good shape), in 8.15x46R.My bolt seems a good bit longer than yours.I believe yours is chambered for a somewhat shorter cartridge.If you want to get into it,we can likely figure out the caliber.I vote for the date being on the early side of Axels estimate.My experience(not as vast as Axels)indicates that the "button" lower sling attachment is more common on rifles near the muzzle loading time, than later. As he said this type action is refered to as a M71 type, But I struggle with this as it is hard to differenate between the Mauser and Dresey(sp)types, since they have some common features.
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Thankyou, I appreciate the information.

Patrick

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