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Re: Is this real?
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 19 August 2014, at 9:38 a.m., in response to Is this real?, posted by Otto Leinhauser on Tuesday, 19 August 2014, at 6:58 a.m.
Well, you are discussing turnips, chocolate ice cream and catfish!!! [GRIN}
The gun you describe is very possibly 100% correct, as none of your concerns or observations (which are all correct and valid elsewhere) apply to THAT model. Of course I'd have to see pictures, but, so far, nothing seems wrong.
The gun you describe is in .50-70, and is numbered in its' own sequence, which runs from 1 to about 52500, marked as a pair of numbers on left, at barrel joint. They were dated with year of manufacture, 1868, 1869, or 1870. The 1870 mark starts somwhere around 20000.
The "under 50000 turn in order" related to later models in .45-70 caliber. The .50-70 arms were already superceded, at least officially. .45-70 arms have a single number across the rear of the receiver.
The star suffix, used to indicate an arm assembled from older parts, ALSO applies only to later .45-70 arms, usually in the 160000 to 205000 range.
Hope that helps.
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