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Re: 1863 Springfield (1869 conversion)
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 26 March 2011, at 10:52 a.m., in response to 1863 Springfield (1869 conversion), posted by Scott Risner on Saturday, 26 March 2011, at 10:07 a.m.
Assuming the barrel is 32-5/8", the serial numbers match, and the arm is otherwise complete as issued, you have a Model 1868 Rifle, made in 1869, which is probably SLIGHTLY more desirable than the same arm made in 1870, as most were. Technically speaking, even with its' many reused parts, it is considered a new gun as opposed to a conversion, since it never previously existed as a musket. The models of 1865 and 1866 WERE actually converted from complete guns in storage.
Value depends on condition, but a broad range would be from $500 to $1200 or so. They do not move as fast as the .45-70s, and, we are in a buyer's market just now. I'd look at gunbrokerDOTcom, and the classifieds here (see home page) for comparables.
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