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Re: 1873 Trapdoor to clean or not to clean

Posted by Mike Dorsey on Wednesday, 1 September 2010, at 1:07 a.m., in response to Re: 1873 Trapdoor to clean or not to clean, posted by Larry Sunday on Monday, 30 August 2010, at 6:25 p.m.

The Sharps is new to me, I just purchased it. There is no mention of the caliber on the barrel or any where I can see but it is suppose to be a 45/70. It has made in Bridgeport Conn. on the side of the receiver, along with the serial number is 20179 PAT. JFC 1876. On the top of the receiver is JP Lowes Denver, Col. and on the barrel is "Old Reliable" and Bridgeport Conn. On the wood stock it is branded with a B or R in a circle. I appreciate your input, it helps me to get up to speed on these. I have hunted since I was a kid thanks to my father who taught me how to shoot and hunt early on. He worked as a gunsmith before his death and was a fire control man for the 16" guns on the USS Maryland in the Pacific during WWII. With all my exposure to weapons, black-powder is new to me! Thanks again for the input!

Best Regards, Mike Dorsey


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