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Re: US Springfield Model 1878 Trapdoor Carbine S/N 283232
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Thursday, 28 June 2012, at 9:30 p.m., in response to US Springfield Model 1878 Trapdoor Carbine S/N 283232, posted by Terry Espinola on Thursday, 28 June 2012, at 5:28 p.m.
The caliber is .45-70, and it was made around 1883. Ammunition is still commercially available.
Now for the bad news - there are NO carbines known anywhere near that serial number, so, you have a rifle which has been shortened to resemble a (more valuable, if genuine) carbine.
And, there are NO exceptions to "mint" condition, ESPECIALLY as regards such things as modifications. "Mint" means EXACTLY as made, with NO apparent wear.
So, all that being said, you have an arm that could be a lot of fun to shoot, but not very valuable - perhaps $400 or so - I'd suggest you take it out and enjoy it. You cannot hurt the value of it.
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