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Re: Model 1878
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 11 March 2015, at 12:29 p.m., in response to Model 1878, posted by Dave White on Wednesday, 11 March 2015, at 12:01 p.m.
There is no "Model 1878", rather a too-deeply-struck "Model 1873". But, a rifle with number that high should have a block marked "US/Model/ 1884", strike 1. If the stock is refinished, strike 2. The missing rod-bayonet is approximately a $75-$100 problem - strike 3.
Based on info supplied so far, I would offer him around $400, tops. If he balks, walk away. There are plenty of complete, correct examples - requiring no apologies - of that model around. See classifeds here, or check out www.gunbroker.com.
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