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Re: Carbine stock cleaning rod holes.
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 16 October 2009, at 9:40 a.m., in response to Carbine stock cleaning rod holes., posted by Jim Stewart on Thursday, 15 October 2009, at 11:42 p.m.
No, all carbine stocks with rod holes have the center hole enlarged, but it is a bit more involved than that. The (partial depth only) enlargement is to accomodate the headless shell extractor, the invention of which actually pre-dated the fitting of rods. In other words, there was no "rods only" version of the stock.
At first, all of the small holes were the same depth, because the early style headless shell extractor fitted around the center rod section. When the HSE was revised (1882) the small portion of the center hole had to be deepened, so that the HSE could sit atop the rod.
The first carbine buttplates (1877) had a contured hole to mimic the small-large-small hole layout in the wood beneath. With the trial issue of the 1000 M1880 rod-bayonet rifles, the plate hole became a simple oval, and was then shared by ALL carbines and ALL rod-bayonet rifles until end of production.
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