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1884 - Info please, opinions

Posted by Steven Robinson on Sunday, 15 July 2012, at 11:07 p.m.

I bough an 1884 at Kittery Trading post today. I have been looking for a 45-70 to use at long range shooting meets at Dalton, NH. This one was priced at $440, and had an immaculate bore. Too immaculate, if you asked me. The muzzle looks suspiciously like it's been relined. It has three crisp rifle grooves. Three grooves, three lands.

Also, it looked like someone has scrubbed it top to bottom with emory cloth to remove rust, bluing, stamps, etc.

I am thinking, this has been made as worthless as an original piece could be and still be bought by a sucker for $440. Er, .....

Anyway, I'd like to know as much as you all can tell me about this rifle. I hope to shoot it a lot, and any opinions of maintenance and treatment would be welcome. I will be ordering the reloading guide mentioned in the FAQs, but I was going to shoot some Bullseye 45-70-405 Govt through it, if that seems wise.

I'd also like to know if I am correct in guessing that the hard scrubbing someone gave this, as well as if it's been relined has substantially reduced it's value to the point where I can send it out to be re-blued with a clear conscience.

I don't know how to post photos on this forum, so I put all my photo's on my own site at:

I hope posting a link here is not a violation. Its not spam, it's just photos of the gun.


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