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Re: 1869 Springfield Cadet
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 9 February 2009, at 7:43 p.m., in response to Re: 1869 Springfield Cadet, posted by Wayne James on Monday, 9 February 2009, at 7:27 p.m.
Well, that's worse news than your first message! :-(
Now I can say that you almost certainly have a cut-down Model 1868 Rifle, and not one of the relatively scarce Model 1869 Cadets (whose correct barrel length is 29-5/8") at all. Just 3422 of those were made in a special separate series, so your number is WAY too high. However, M68 rifles are dated with year of manufacture, and "1869" would be the correct date for 7xxxx. The caliber, unless it has been fooled with is .50-70. Sadly, RIA is NOT noted for the accuracy of their catalogs, especially in the lower-priced lots.
Now, if I may ask, were you looking for a shooter, or a collector piece, and what was the cost? If the latter, and you paid more then about $400, I would say you have an excellent reason for return, on the basis of gross misrepresentation.
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