I've been digging for information regarding a rifle I recently inherited and my search on various forums has led me to you. I've come to possess a US Model 1841 Mississippi Rifle manufactured in Philadelphia, PA by Tryon circa 1848. The bore is original 54 caliber and not loaded, however the rifling is quite faint.
Photos can be found here.
From speaking with others it seems that this rifle was manufactured for the NJ state arsenal and was never rebored to 58 cal or fitted with a bayonet lug as many were. Most seem to believe that this rifle is in fair condition with a value of around $2,000 and that seems to jive with what I'm seeing them go for online in similar condition.
Now, here are my questions:
1) I'd like to shoot this rifle and I live near Bob Hoyt. Would it affect the history or value of the rifle to have the barrel lined?
2) Would this rifle be worth more in "shootable" condition (i.e. if I had the barrel lined)?