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Re: 1873 Springfield trapdoor
Posted by ken on Sunday, 27 March 2011, at 10:01 p.m., in response to Re: 1873 Springfield trapdoor, posted by FrontierWest on Friday, 25 March 2011, at 11:23 p.m.
As to why one would restore it, or would not, I guess it just depends on if you see the glass half empty or half full.
If I had a rifle, that I believed was at the Rosebud, I would want that rifle to be what it was, when it was there. I look at it as, the only parts not original to the rifle would be the stock and barrel. !!! Kind of the opposite from how you put it.
To me, restoring the rifle's dignity would count for more than not having all the original parts. Adding different stock, barrel, barrel bands and a cleaning rod Would not bother me at all. No different than restoring an antique car, and replacing the fenders.
The fact that the damage was done a long-long-long time ago...would not justify not "fixing" it, in my mind.
But that's just me, we just look at it from different angles. Not saying you are wrong, but just answering the question, "why would one restore it?" That is why I would restore it. Although I disagree, I understand your point of view, and hope you take this in the spirit of friendly debate, as it was written.
Last and least, I personally don't really care for the carbines, original or "sporterized". The Springfield Rifles are what really float my boat. So for me, restoring it to a rifle would be a win-win situation.
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