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Re: Question on rifle??...

Posted by John on Wednesday, 31 August 2011, at 10:30 a.m., in response to Question on rifle??..., posted by frontierwest on Wednesday, 31 August 2011, at 10:01 a.m.

Most of the early receivers were stripped off and sold as scrap when the early rifles and carbines were recalled circa 1880. The usable parts (those that met the specifications for use on current production gund) were recycled into the familiar "starred" rifles and carbines. Non-current spec parts were sold as scrap.

That left piles of receivers, narrow inletted stocks,and early breechblocks available for the surplus dealers to cobble together "Frankenfields" with whatever they could find to make a shootable rifle. Note that stripped low number receivers were still available in quantiy from Dixie Gun Works well into the 1970s or later.

After Springfield Armory switched to the wider receivers and broke up the earlier guns there is absolutely no reason they would ever rebuild a 60,000 range receiver with new parts into a complete rifle.

In my opinion you are looking at a parts gun with zero collector interest, and only shooter interest (or as a source of parts). Value it accordingly.

Your friend will likely disagree, and there are enough uninformed or disbelieving people out there that he may well be able to get a price that would be fair for a "real" rifle, but absurdly high for a bunch of junk parts.

Caveat emptor!


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