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Old 11-30-2004, 09:19 PM
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I was looking at a job today and noticed a muzzleloader in the rafters of the garage. I ask the home owner about it and to make a long story short I bought it for $10. The barrel is marked with FIE Italy . It is missing the nipple, ramrod and a ramrod holder ring (this is the best I can decribe it). If someone has any info on the gun or where I could find some it would be helpful. I have searched the web and have found very little so maybe I will have better luck here.
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Old 12-01-2004, 10:48 AM
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Default Italian muzzle loaders

were pretty common. A lot of companies had italian gunmakers make guns for them.
I have a Cabela's Sporterized hawken made in Italy.
You should be able to get the things you need for it at any place that has a decent number of muzzle loading accesories.
May want to have a gunsmith look at it, make sure no one has left a cheage in it for years or the barrel could be to heavily corroded to use, then it will be one to hang over the fire place for decoration only.
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FIE was a firearm importer based in Miami, FL in the '80s. They were much like the current EAA corp. Most of their imports were rather inexpensive firearms. Remington Nylon 66 knock-offs made in Brazil, Rifles made in turkey, czech, russia, single-shot shotguns from brazil, etc...
I wouldn't doubt that they imported some muzzle loaders as well. As far as I know, everything they imported could be clasified as "entry level" or "economy" firearms.
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