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Re: Custer 'rifle'
Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 12 July 2017, at 3:34 p.m., in response to Re: Custer 'rifle', posted by mike on Wednesday, 12 July 2017, at 3:14 p.m.
With all due respect to you and your grandpa, I doubt VERY much that the rifle was anywhere near LBH. I think that the un-named Indian got the last laugh.
Since the rifle CANNOT have been at LBH as it is, how did it get to be the way it is? All arms with serial numbers below 50,000 were recalled in Oct. 1879. Obviously, some were missed, even those under army control. But, the upgrades on your rifle were not made by the army. They - absolutely - would NOT have put that breechblock in that receiver, ever, period. Now, an Indian MIGHT have, but, I'd guess (on nearly 50 years of collecting trapdoors) that was extremely unlikely, given the other parts such as the trigger. If you want send me a well-lit SIDE photo of the entire butt-stock, from butt-plate to trigger-guard, and a close-up of the upper band, near the muzzle. Also, a pic of the V P and eaglehead on the left side of the barrel, just above the wood, between the rear sight and the receiver.
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