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Re: Custer rifle

Posted by Larry Gibson on Thursday, 13 July 2017, at 4:05 p.m., in response to Re: Custer rifle, posted by mike on Thursday, 13 July 2017, at 3:19 p.m.


As Dick says the rifle would not have been there at the LBH battle with the replacement parts. Since the breach block was replaced with a later date one any forensic comparison examination would have to made of a bullet fired from the rifle with those recovered on the battle field. The firing pin would have been replaced with the breach block and any marking from that or the breach face would not match. Thus any attempt of a "hammer strike" comparison would be futile.

Given the condition which the rifle was in when your grandfather received it is indicative of firearms recovered from the Indians. As I said earlier the Indians for the most part had no concept of maintenance. What condition is the bore in now?

Larry Gibson


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