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Posted by Dillon Warn on Tuesday, 8 August 2017, at 9:15 a.m.
Hey fellas, I think I've got a bit of a mystery on my hands. I recently bought a Model 1866 at an auction, but I keep having more questions than answers. I found this forum and I bet you all know more than I do, as this is my first Trapdoor.
At the auction, it was sold as a modern replica in .45-70, but has anyone ever made a reproduction 1866? How can you tell if it's a replica or original? It doesn't have Uberti or Pedersoli or anything anywhere on it, and no serial number at all it seems. No serial number would be pretty sketchy if it is repro, but completely understandable if it's original. The condition is extremely good, it doesn't really have the dark patina look like the originals I've seen, but it's not super shiny like a repro, either.
If it is original instead of a repro, how can I tell if it's .45-70 or .50-70, should I just go buy a box of .45-70 and shoot it, see if the cases split? (That seems sketchy, at best, lol. I'm probably not going to do that.)
Actually, that's question 3: the firing pin is jammed and it even looks like it's been ground off at the breech face (I did buy it at a good price at the auction), so I don't think I can shoot it anyways right now. What should I do about that? I'm inclined to get the parts and fix it, of course. Any tips on getting a firing pin out of an 1866? I don't even know where to begin.
I bet I'll have more questions, this is my first Trapdoor after all. I don't mind learning as I go!
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