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Re: misidentified positive cam
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 7 September 2016, at 1:37 a.m., in response to Re: misidentified positive cam, posted by Dick Hosmer on Tuesday, 6 September 2016, at 11:09 p.m.
Sent to seller:
"Sorry to have to tell you that you do NOT have one of the very rare 100 positive-cam rifles.
Firstly, they occur in the 4155xx to 4156xx range, and are nearly consecutive, allowing for a few overruns. This is very unusual among SA experimentals, where spans of thousands are common. The difference here is that the receiver was machined differently, PRIOR to numbering - that is why they are in one block of numbers.
Your rifle's receiver lacks the required extra cut (a feature of which you were apparently not aware, since your own photo gives the lie to your sales pitch) which accommodates the projection on the special breechblock cap, which housed the threaded shaft.
Your San Antonio "story" as to why the rifle lacks the special "US Model 1888" stamped block is ludicrous. Such a block would not fit your receiver!
You do have a very nice M1884 rifle, worth somewhere around $1,000 to $1500, which will be a slow mover without a cleaning rod.
I have collected trapdoors, at an advanced level, for over 45 years, and happen to own positive cam rifle 415520. I'd be happy to provide you with pictures of the special features if you think I'm giving you bad advice - also feel free to visit www.picturetrail.com/sa4570af"
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