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Re: serial numbers - rewind

Posted by John on Saturday, 20 August 2011, at 11:46 p.m., in response to Re: serial numbers - rewind, posted by Jeff Winter on Saturday, 20 August 2011, at 4:24 p.m.

Jeff- I respectfully suggest that you are out of line and owe Ernie an apology.

You come on a public forum asking for comments about two guns, giving partial serial numbers with several digist of x's.

Unfortunately, the only accurate answer possible to a question like that would be they were made in 18XX and are probably worth about $XXX.

The folks here have a wealth of knowledge and are generous about sharing, both good news and bad, and do so on their own time and resources. In an attempt to help provide answers to your vague and poorly defined question, someone went to the trouble to try to figour out what you were really asking about.

I would suggest that in the future, if you want to keep the objects of your interest secret, then you should you plan further in advance, and do not post here until after you purchase.

Instead, invest a few dollars in some excellent reference books. I would suggest Flayderman's Guide for a very brief overview and some good estiamted values. For greater detail and history, the two volumes by our esteemed host, Al Frasca, are more highly recommended. For the .50-70 family, Dick Hosmer's book is excellent.

Do not reply on any internet informaiton about trapdoor rifles from any site other than this on. There is a lot of utter nonsense out there, mixed in with some accurate info, but other than this site, it is hard to be sure which you might encounter.

Then after buying guns without any risk to your secret activities you can ask about them here. At that point, you may find you got a great deal, or perhaps purchased a very expensive education.

I just want to extend my appreciation to Al, Dick, Ernie, Jack Lewis and many others for their generous sharing of their knowledge and digging into their reference archives to help me and so many other posters.


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