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Re: B H 1874 Expedition
Posted by John on Wednesday, 29 June 2016, at 4:49 p.m., in response to Re: B H 1874 Expedition, posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 29 June 2016, at 2:44 p.m.
While we focus on Springfield Armory produced arms, don't forget that a lot of surplus .58 muskets were converted to breechloaders outside of the U.S. Army.
These used Remington rolling block action (centerfire), or Roberts (centerfire), Miller (rimfire), Needham (centerfire although often incorrectly listed as rimfire), etc. Most of these were not commercially successful and while some were adopted by states (New York, South Carolina, etc) most did not remain in service very long and would have been dumped on the surplus market in the last quarter of the 19th century. Some undoubtedly were purchased by western emigrants, and frontier ranchers or farmers, and some of those arms may have eventually ended up in the hands of Indians through theft, capture or sale.
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