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Re: 1884 Springfield - information please

Posted by Bob Culver on Friday, 3 December 2010, at 11:05 a.m., in response to Re: 1884 Springfield - information please, posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 2 December 2010, at 10:03 p.m.

Dick,

You are right. Checking more carefully last night, looking at some of the things I read about on this web site, I found a sixth digit under the breech block latch lever. The correct serial number is 3860xx. According to the table of serial number dates at gun-data.com this appears to be a very late 1887 production.

Thanks for directing me to the classifieds page. Al has a lot of listings and provides good descriptions and with the good photos these too educate me on what to look for. The puzzling thing about the gun I am inspecting is the missing cartouches. The stock is a bit beat up with some pronounced half circle crushed marks on the top rear of the stock? If it was refinished it saw a LOT of use since then. The metal is quite good in comparison to some of the classified photos, almost no rust at all with very good blue and case hardening color. I will look closely at the fit of the metal and see if it is inlet below the wood or projects above as an indication of refinishing (aggressively sanding) the stock.

Is there a way to post photos along with these messages? Would you like to see photos of this rifle?

Thanks for the help.

Bob


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