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Re: End of a long search
Posted by Fred on Monday, 31 January 2011, at 11:40 p.m., in response to Re: End of a long search, posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 31 January 2011, at 11:21 a.m.
Dick, the only thing I can think of that was going on is that your trials 1870 was (Later?) in a unit that also had some 2nd run 1870's in it. There might've even been some 1868's in it as well. Possibly, the 50-70 caliber of the trapdoor was all that was necessary to fit the bill for what the unit needed. I believe that Florida and Wyoming National Guards were known to have retained their 50-70 trapdoors long after other units had gone to the 45-70's. It wouldn't have taken anything for a unit armorer to have made the switch if he'd decided to pull some breech blocks on a group of 50-70's to clean them all at once. As we all know, interchangeble parts were just that with no regard for future collectors. Just a thought.
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