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Re: Non-Custer Carbines SN check

Posted by JasonZ in MO on Wednesday, 10 November 2010, at 12:10 a.m., in response to Re: Non-Custer Carbines SN check, posted by Pete Nelson on Tuesday, 9 November 2010, at 10:09 p.m.


Thank you once again for helping me through some of these issues. No doubt I have a lot to learn. I got started in this hobby only a few months ago with the purchase of a carbine, I believe it would be considered it a relic. The barrel is the real deal but the rifling has been reamed out. The stock is carbine but heavily sanded, cracked and repaired. I met up with Al and Red at the Oct show in Louisville who also said the trigger bow is correct but has been reversed. Another bad news deal is the receiver has been replaced. When I got the gun the rear sight was gone and the screws filed smooth with the top of the barrel. The barrel band was originally a M1890 Buffington sight protector; the faint outline is on the barrel. However, the band which came with the gun was cut and filed off. I assume this was all done because it was used as a shotgun. Without the rear sight the M1890 band would have poked up like a wart. Discounting the receiver, all the other parts point to a SN of around 350k.

Against better judgment and their recommendations I went ahead and bought the parts needed to "improve" its condition. I didn't have a lot invested in the carbine to begin with but I just couldn't bring myself to parting out my *first* trapdoor! You mentioned having your barrel relined. I would be interested in learning more about that process and cost. It could still be a nice shooter.

A few weeks ago I bought a rifle SN 46974. Its not a museum piece but I'm confident it's all original. So far I haven't found anyone who loads black power 45-70. Maybe I'll just learn to do that myself... I did buy some smokeless loads but I haven't fired anything yet.


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