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Re: 1866 Trapdoor

Posted by Ken on Monday, 18 January 2010, at 12:16 p.m., in response to 1866 Trapdoor, posted by Suzanne on Monday, 18 January 2010, at 3:07 a.m.

Hello Suzanne, It sound to me you have a Model 1866, the second Allin conversion. These rifles were manufactured using surplus parts from 1861 and 1863 Springfield .58 caliber rifled muskets,(muzzle loaders left over from the Civil War). On the 1866, a .50 caliber sleeve was brazed into the .58 caliber barrel to enable it to fire the .50/70 Government cartridge. As far as the various stampings on your rifle go, I could not tell you. I will leave that to someone with more expertise. If your rifle is in good mechanical condition, and the bore showing good clean rifling, it can again be fired using black powder .50/70 ammunition. I hope I have helped you out some. Regards, Ken


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