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Re: my old rifle
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 1 February 2010, at 10:46 a.m., in response to Re: my old rifle, posted by Fred on Monday, 1 February 2010, at 9:09 a.m.
Yes, I have a 5-groove barrel too, but loose. It has ALL of the proper marks, plus a "T" letter code, and round shank, which date it to 1878 or later. Has a one-piece front sight. I've compared it to several known genuine SA barrels, and can see NO differences, whatsoever.
But, Al remains ADAMANT about them being non-SA. So, I simply do not know. I will say that a LOT of "funny" guns - notably "Bannerman Specials" or other very low-numbered rifles with obviously incorrect features DO have five-groove barrels, which, I guess, makes them ALL highly suspect.
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