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1873 Trapdoor questions.

Posted by Steven Gollihue on Friday, 6 March 2015, at 12:14 p.m.

I just traded for a 1873 Springfield Trapdoor long gun in .45-70 Gov. caliber I know little about. I was shocked to find a bore in as new condition. It is as shiny as a mirror inside. The lock work shows no sign of wear. Stock is in extremely good condition. Has what looks to be some very long range sights. Is it possible that this gun could be in unissued condition? What kind of value should I place on such a rifle? It as "mass" on the receiver as well as other marking. A couple of local guys told me that they have never seen one of theses rifles in this condition. They tried to purchase the rifle but I did not feel comfortable pricing the gun until I research its history more thoroughly. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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