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Re: End of a long search
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 30 January 2011, at 1:10 p.m., in response to Re: End of a long search, posted by charles parks on Sunday, 30 January 2011, at 12:55 p.m.
That refers to the profile of the wood immediately adjacent to the left rear corner of the receiver. Starting with the 1870 it is somewhat smoother and more rounded. Frankly, to be honest, on some guns I can hardly see the difference, but Al apparently finds it to be very significant dating feature, and perhaps he could explain it better.
I'm more excited by the unusual cartouche, but will also be interested in seeing what the inletting reveals. The spoon pin hole is there - but whether the spoon inletting, spoon itself, or the pin still remain is as yet unknown. Also to be checked is the inletting length. Does the odd cartouche portend a short-inletted stock? I don't know (yet).
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