1842 Austrian musket???

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I purchased this musket from GunBroker and was told it's a 1842 Austrian .70 caliber. Is this correct? The action seems to function fine. It also came with the ramrod. I assume it's covered in patina. I did move the barrel band and noticed it was shiny. Do I leave the patina or restore? Any info or history would be greatly be appreciated.
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You have an Engineer's Musket, likely in .71 calibre. I'm unsure of their usage in the ACW as there is considerable confusion over exacty what models were imported other than the M1854 Lorenz & M1854 Jaeger. I would suggest investing in a bottle of Kramer's Best and after giving her a through cleaning follow the directions and apply Kramer's. She will look better after 6-8 coats but I would strongly caution against even thinking of shooting her. I'm not one for removing patina and over cleaning a weapon to attempt to restore it to what she looked like when issued always seems wrong to me.

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The conversion from tubelock using the bolster with the clean-out screw was done by H. E. Leman of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Leman converted U. S. flintlock and Austrian tubelock muskets to percussion in 1861 and 1862.
 

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The question of restore or keep patina comes to your choice. What do you want to do with it. If it was mine I would clean it, oil the surface occasionally and try to find the correct ram rod. That is a cleaning ram rod, not a muzzle loading ram rod. By the way, nice rifle.
 
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Thanks for the help everyone. I collect mostly mosin-nagant, eddystone and mauser type stuff. Thought I would branch off a bit. Being from Utah, we don't have any civil war history or sites. Don't worry, I am not crazy enough to shoot it. What type of bullet did it use? I would like to make a small period correct display.
 
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The metal is pitted enough that if you will never get it to look like the spot under the band. Clean it like you have been advised, you will be surprised how much better it will look.
 

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