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Re: question on m1868 springfield stock....
Posted by Al Frasca on Wednesday, 5 October 2011, at 7:54 p.m., in response to Re: question on m1868 springfield stock...., posted by Fred on Wednesday, 5 October 2011, at 4:46 p.m.
First, the M68 stocks and M70 stocks are both cut for the M68 receiver. Second, the M68 stock has a large L firing proof. The M70 has the boxed L firing proof. Third, the M68 is shaped like the CW musket at the end of the breech. The M70 stock is rounded at the end of the breech like the M73. Production M68 stocks have four cartouches. M70 stocks come with one cartouche if a new stock and with three if a CW stock was modified with the ski slope change.
This will determine which stock you have. If you have an M68 stock with an M70 sight on the barrel, then you know you have a gun made of parts. All M68 stocks have single shouldered rods. M70 rifles can have both the single and the double shouldered rods. The early production M70 rifles have the single shoulder rod and the M70 sight 1/16" from the receiver.
It sounds like the gun is made of parts. The Model 1870 block is reserved for the M70 and the block with only the U.S./eagle was the replacement for the M68 block. It is identical to the Model 1870 block except for the stamping.
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