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Re: cadet rifle

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 26 January 2015, at 11:41 p.m., in response to cadet rifle, posted by james alsop on Monday, 26 January 2015, at 9:57 p.m.

A LOT of conflicts there, unfortunately, sort of a pushmepullyou.

Yes, 29.6" is the correct length for a cadet barrel, and there was a Model 1869 Cadet in .50 caliber, BUT, the numbers only went to 3425, and the blocks were all dated 1870.

Where is the 43714 - across the back of the receiver, or on the left side at the barrel joint, just above the wood? If the latter, there would be a matching number on the barrel, right next to it. But, that number is over 40,000 too high, so, perhaps you have a .50-70 rifle which has been cut down to mimic a cadet?

How wide is the buttplate at its' widest point?

What is the muzzle diameter?

Does the top surface of the breechblock align with the center of the hinge-pin?

If you wish you can see examples of all possible models at But, Springfield did not make anything with the combination of feartures you have described. Or, you could send me some pics at


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