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Re: Custer rifle
Posted by mike on Friday, 14 July 2017, at 12:37 p.m., in response to Re: Custer rifle, posted by david on Friday, 14 July 2017, at 11:50 a.m.
correct. was in very bad condition. wood was pale and rotting. he spent a long time sanding and then finished it. he said the barrel was rusting so he cleaned it and reblued it. pitting inside barrel, never had hammer screw, he lost the metal piece at the end of the wood towards the end of the barrel. it sounded like it hadn't been used in a long time because my grandpa was afraid to shoot it and because of the condition of the rest of the rifle but i guess the indian might have been braver. anyways i think the key is that after nearly thirty years after the indian story and again another 70 years after that the sn just so happened to leave open the possibility that the old indian was telling the truth. might not be too valuable to a real collector, but to me, a great conversation piece and family heirloom.thanks
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