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Re: question on m1868 springfield stock....
Posted by Al Frasca on Wednesday, 5 October 2011, at 11:26 p.m., in response to Re: question on m1868 springfield stock...., posted by frontierwest on Wednesday, 5 October 2011, at 9:44 p.m.
John, I am having a hard time following what you are describing. If the stock has a circled P, then you know the rifle was redone sometime after 1873. If it was part of a large refurbishing process (Springfield normally waited until a large number of guns were returned before refurbishing in order to maximize efficincy), then there is a good chance that parts got mixed. If it is an M68 stock with a circled P then most likely it will have no cartouches on the stock (new stock) or just the two CW cartouches toward the rear of the stock flat. If it is a new stock, then the stock inspector's initials or code letter should be visible. If the stock has been sanded, then that stamp may be missing.
I am not sure I answered your question. Were you talking about one or two rifles or stocks??
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