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Re: Joslyn Rifles

Posted by Chris Loendorf on Wednesday, 11 July 2012, at 5:19 p.m.

I am an archaeologist and I believe we recovered what may be a 50-60-450 Joslyn unspent cartridge from the floor of a structure that was inhabited in the late 1800s. We also found what may be a poorly preserved (the barrel is missing and the wood is rotted away) Joslyn rifle. The lock plate appears to be correct, but the trigger guard is narrower. The houses were occupied by Akimel O'Odham (i.e., Pima)Native Americans, and I suspect the US military may have issued these guns to them when they served as scouts in the military. I am looking for any information on the correct case length for the 50-60 cartridge, and/or information on narrow trigger guards. Thank You.


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