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Re: End of a long search

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 30 January 2011, at 3:08 p.m., in response to Re: End of a long search, posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 30 January 2011, at 1:10 p.m.

Pulled the barrel - long inletting, spoon is present. The cartouche is quite weak, but, knowing what letters are supposed to be there should help. Don't have my Newsletters at hand. One of the "odd" cartouches was said to mean non-SA assembly, but it was not the single vertical format.

So far, I've avoided mention of the block, but cannot hide it forever. As I suspected from one of the CF photos, it says "Model", which it should not. What to do? Figure it got replaced at some point? Find out if the word was ever added to existing blocks? Install an 1870-dated 1868-style block, following Al's theory - with which I seriously disagree, as it violates all logic?

I'm not sorry at all that I bought the gun, IMHO the barrel is worth what I paid for the whole thing. But, I want to wind up with as "correct" a piece as I can with the absolute MINIMUM of fooling around.

Suggestions welcome at this point.


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