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Re: inherited 1863 trapdoor rifle

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 30 March 2014, at 10:40 a.m., in response to inherited 1863 trapdoor rifle, posted by Buck Loomis on Saturday, 29 March 2014, at 11:56 p.m.

You have a Model 1868 rifle in .50-70 caliber.

The reason for the CW lock date is that the models of that period made use of the huge number of parts left in inventory. The earliest trapdoors (M1865 and M1866) were actually conversions of former muskets. Yours is new-made (late 1869 or early 1870) but still has many parts in common with the earlier pieces.

The butt-plate, if brass, is not original. It seems as if the rear sight may be one of the added parts as well.


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