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Re: 1869 Springfield Cadet
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 9 February 2009, at 8:45 p.m., in response to Re: 1869 Springfield Cadet, posted by Wayne James on Monday, 9 February 2009, at 8:30 p.m.
As I understand your info, the rifle is NOT in collectible configuration.
The caliber - if I understand you - HAS to be .50-70. The fact that the "barrel and receiver match" indicates that it is a .50 cal. arm, since the .45-70s are all numbered in a completely different format and location - across the rear of the receiver. ONLY the Model 1868 Rifle and 1869 Cadet - both .50 cal. arms - share the dual-number format (but a legitimate Cadet could not be numbered so high).
IF the barrel was replaced with one of .45 cal, then Springfield is NOT the one who re-numbered it. The gun definitely seems to NOT be what you are told. For my part, I would not want to have $600 invested in what you have described. Hopefully, you can obtain a refund, if you are so inclined.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad tidings.
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