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Re: End of a long search

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 29 January 2011, at 9:34 a.m., in response to Re: End of a long search, posted by Dick Hosmer on Friday, 28 January 2011, at 9:45 a.m.

Rifle arrived safely Friday. I'll probably disassemble it this weekend.

CF pics showed that it had a horrible M1882-style repro rod, and I feared that the keeper may have been swapped or buggered, but it is perfect. I had the proper M1868 rod in stock, of very close patina, which slipped/snapped right in, and looks great.

The stock has definite wear on the flats, but aside from a chip at the front lock screw on the off-side, is very sound and attractive. It has Al's famous "ski-slope", and I only see one cartouche, applied in a way I have never seen before: "vertically" (turned 90 degrees from the norm) directly below the rear lock screw. Have not yet deciphered the initials.

All metal is exactly the same color, mechanics are fine, and the bore is excellent, though certainly well-used. Thumblatch is the strange 'barely curved at the rear' variant - certainly not an 1868, but neither is it a full-blown 1870. Firing pin is broken, and spring missing, but that should be an easy fix.

More secrets will be revealed at a later date, I'm sure!


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