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Re: Custer 'rifle'

Posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 12 July 2017, at 4:09 p.m., in response to Re: Custer 'rifle', posted by Dick Hosmer on Wednesday, 12 July 2017, at 3:34 p.m.

Had not seen your latest pictures before my last post.

Some changes are necessary - the good first. Now that I have seen the underside of the block, it DOES match the receiver. What I'd thought was the curved profile at front notch was just damage or wear. I cannot see the markings on the barrel - which is correct for arms under 43,000+/- (I'd asked you a trick question - forgive me).

However, the stock (post 1877) is ALSO too late for the battle, and the hammer is post-1880. The cleaning rod dates from 1882 or later.

So, while the details have changed a little bit, the basic conclusion has not.

The rifle, as it exists, was NOT at LBH. The barrel and receiver and block, are old enough to have been there, but that is all that can be said - we will never know. The stock and everything about the lock is newer.


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