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Re: Mr Hosmers new long range
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 28 February 2009, at 12:38 p.m., in response to Re: Mr Hosmers new long range, posted by Ernie Brandt on Saturday, 28 February 2009, at 11:06 a.m.
Was the barrel marked Remington? My 118789 which I acquired from Al, in a mismatched stock, was. After some checking with Ed Hull and Gene Myzskowskt (both very advanced Remington collectors) I found that the marking was post-1888. Since the barrel was physically IDENTICAL to an SA one, matched to a receiver in the correct range, and with the special throat for the paper-patched bullets used in the earliest LR trials, the current thinking is that the Rem mark indicates one-time ownership, not manufacture.
I had had the specially-marked "SWP" stock for 30+ years. It needs to be understood here that I had given up on EVER having an LRR, and I was acquiring components to make a lookalike.
My "version 3" will be such a mockup, but it will allow a three-gun photo for the book (yes, it WILL be identifed as a mock-up). Of course, the Hotchkiss stock IS "real" - so, it could be considered at least a partial restoration.
I feel fairly good about the restored "version 1", and, of course, the version 2" speaks for itself.
I'd LIKE to make the two "restored" guns as correct as possible, so would still consider buying more parts, if the price is reasonable - I'm no longer desperately seeking a LR. Whatever I do with my parts, I have 162036 to fall back upon! :-)
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