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Re: 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Saturday, 25 October 2014, at 4:57 p.m., in response to 1873 Saddle Ring Carbine, posted by Dave Ketterer on Saturday, 25 October 2014, at 4:07 p.m.
Are you perhaps confusing "condemned" with obsolete? If the gun is actually condemned (one or more heavy "C" stamps) I wouldn't shoot it. In fact, what you have MAY (depending on how original it is) be more valuable as a collector's item than a shooter anyhow. That is not a well-populated range, so far as carbines go, with some known fakes.
The arch was changed around 75000, but the width was not altered until 96300 in late 1878, so there are some narrow blocks with low arch. For some reason - in 1879 - an order was given to turn in all arms below 50,000. Why that number was picked is anyone's guess. Since they deliberately left 46300 narrow guns out there in service, they certainly weren't blowing up in people's faces.
If the gun is in good shape, low powered loads should be OK, but I'd check it out for authenticity and if it is a real complete authentic early carbine, I'd leave it alone and pick out a nice solid late rifle, for $500 or so, and shoot that.
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