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Re: buying a shooter
Posted by John S. on Friday, 9 June 2017, at 5:02 p.m., in response to Re: buying a shooter, posted by Eric on Friday, 9 June 2017, at 3:09 p.m.
You are close enough that you should be able to get to the Ohio Gun Collectors Assn shows in Wilmington, OH. Open to members and invited guests only, but if you can get an invite you will probably find something there, and get a chance to see Al in person along with other notable and notorious folks. It is a good group, with a REAL gun show, not a "camo and ammo" flea market full of junk with anything antique marked with sucker prices.
If all you care about is a great bore, good mechanics and not too bad looking overall, you can probably get something in the $650-750 range. Or, something with refinished metal and stock for even less. You might find a rifle cut to carbine configuration (and occasionally described as such rather than "Custer carbine") in the same price range. The carbines are much handier to play with, but you will probably get better accuracy from a rifle.
Then when you decide you really need one that is all original, come one back. At that point we will try to convince you that you need a rifle, carbine and cadet rifle. From the slightly varying Models 1873, 1877, 1879 and 1884, of course. Don't forget the ramrod bayonet models- both the common Model 1888 and the earlier "trials" versions.
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