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Re: Serial Number 36245
Posted by James Meredith on Monday, 16 February 2009, at 11:42 a.m., in response to Re: Serial Number 36245, posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 16 February 2009, at 1:48 a.m.
Righty or wrongly, my reason for posting this information here, like Monty did back in August when the gun was found, is to create a record of the restoration of a documented gun #17425 that was disasembled after the battle. The receiver found its way back to Montana 100 years ago in the form of a rifle and was just a wall hanger until I saw it. When Monty talked to you later and said that he was interested in restoring #17425 back to its former dignity, you seemed to agree and said that it would be costly finding a correct long wrist stock and an unmarked square barrel. You even suggested your #16xxx. Well I finally found the parts and yes they were expensive! I hate to bust #36245 apart, but like you said, its probably just a parts gun, just like most of the rest of them. If you consider the first faked pre- Custer carbine #234xx that we bought on line, it has been an ordeal. And like I said earlier, I don't care if #17425 is ever sold. Thanks, Jim
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