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Re: locating serial number
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Sunday, 26 October 2014, at 4:29 p.m., in response to locating serial number, posted by Vicki Hignight on Sunday, 26 October 2014, at 4:12 p.m.
Forgive my asking - please - but have you actually looked?
The reason for my incredulity is because it is pretty difficult to handle the 1873 and 1884 .45-70 arms at all without seeing the number, which is found across the rear of the receiver, immediately to the left of the hammer (assuming you are holding the piece as if getting ready to shoot, with the barrel pointing away from you). You may have to lift the hammer to read the last digit of the number.
If there is no number there, it has been removed (a big Federal no-no) OR the 1884 breech-block has been inserted into a much earlier receiver from another model, on which numbering was not standard.
A VERY, VERY unlikely possibility is that the receiver is from a Model 1868, which was in a different caliber, and had the number at the front left side, just above the wood, at the barrel joint. That location is nearly impossible to miss, even more so than the proper one first discussed. If there are a pair of matching numbers on the left side, the rifle is still in .50-70, and ANY 1884-dated parts would be totally wrong.
I hope that helps. It should be clear/make sense, but if not, I'll be happy to clarify.
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