Ben Hodges Ballard Pacific rifle 40-65B (AL7312)
Ben Hodges Ballard Pacific rifle serial number 1004 chambered in 40-65B with a 30” octagon barrel. Hodges is one of the few outlaws and cattlemen to survive the wild days in Dodge City. This rifle shows some wear and usage. The stock is cracked from Hodges striking a man in the head and killing him on the spot, He was strung up by bandits but was able to plead for his life. Before he was set free his Achilles tendon was cut and he had to use his rifle as a crutch. Old repair is noted on the stock where it was fixed. Metal is a dark grey patina with surface oxidation present. Bore is good shows areas of frosting and pitting in the grooves. Action functions correctly.