If one happened to have a lovely but ancient Vetterli Swiss Rifle Model 1869/71 (don't hate me if that's not its proper name - tho I think I have it right) and desired to know if it could still shoot...how would one get proper ammunition?
Also, if the wood supporting the barrel at the end 1/3rd is cracked at the bottom (where the rod groove is cut) would that be the end of any future firing of the weapon?
I cannot fathom how people hauled these things around. They weigh a TON compared to modern weapons...but it sure is a handsome thing. I don't think it has a lot of value on the market so in terms of it being useful...well, that's what I'd like to know.