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Re: US 1884 help
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 22 November 2010, at 10:55 a.m., in response to Re: US 1884 help, posted by Murph McCleery on Monday, 22 November 2010, at 7:02 a.m.
Does it look EXACTLY like my 318991? The non-wrap latch, and pinned hood (which actually contains the front sight) are THE hallmark features of the rare version. Is the block dated 1873? What is the date of the stock cartouche? Does the rod bayonet have locking grooves which are "cone-shaped" as on 318991?
I have now looked at my SRS serial number books, and that number is not listed, plus, all those around it (including 330001 and 330011) are shown to be standard M1884 rifles. I only casually checked the other XRBs, and they are about 8000 lower, which is an awful lot.
Still, you have the potential of a very rare gun - or - someone tried to fake one. At $12,000 or so, it's worth the effort. What is the dimension - exactly - from the front band shoulder (the step in the wood) to the REAR edge of the metal ferrule that caps the front end of the stock?
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