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Re: 1873 - 1884 mismatch
Posted by Bill DiBenedetto on Wednesday, 23 June 2010, at 11:15 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 - 1884 mismatch, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 23 June 2010, at 9:35 a.m.
The rifle has a 32.6" barrel, To Earnie's point I believe this was a newly assembled rifle from left over parts that was built and shipped by Springfield Armory in 1898. Since the Krag was already in use it ended up in a military storage somewhere until being sold surplus. When purchased it was covered with storage dust and dirt, decades old. The dust went down the barrel well over a foot. Fortunately it has oil or grease on it under the dirt & dust. A friend of mine has the Springfield Research Books that show many serial numbers in this range that shipped out in 1898. I think this explains it.
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