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Re: US Model 1878 Springfield?
Posted by Ernie Brandt on Saturday, 26 March 2011, at 6:13 p.m., in response to US Model 1878 Springfield?, posted by chris on Saturday, 26 March 2011, at 3:59 p.m.
Receiver Manufacture date: Jan-Mar. 1886. Check the "frame" (the correct word is Cartouche)date on the stock closely. It should read 1886.
The date on the breech block is 1873, not 1878. You have a "hard stamp" date or what is called a "closed loop" (3). Looking closely with magnification you will see that it is indeed a 3.
Ram rods are available to complete the rifle.
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