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Re: Bottem of barrel & receiver makings on M 1868 rifle
Posted by Al Frasca on Wednesday, 6 July 2016, at 1:09 a.m., in response to Bottem of barrel & receiver makings on M 1868 rifle, posted by Gary Wining on Tuesday, 5 July 2016, at 11:19 p.m.
Springfield was paranoid about having the final chambering of the the barrel be done after it was in the receiver. Thus, if the two were taken apart, it would be very important to have the same two parts reattached. To assure this, a number was stamped on the bottom of the barrel and receiver that matched. Thus, removing any doubt which barrel went with which receiver. Now, why the two were separated is hard to rationalize. The duplicate number sets are found on a number of 45 and 50 caliber trapdoors. It may be that Bannerman did some of this since he made a number of cadets from full rifle barrels and needed to remove the receiver for the barrel shortening process.
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