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"composite" rifle

Posted by David on Saturday, 11 November 2017, at 5:43 p.m.

My son-in law just dropped by with a "trapdoor" rifle.

The barrel is 28" (measured inside the barrel with breach closed. It is 50cal, front sight appears original and does not appear to have been altered. The crown on the barrel is rough but does not seem to be cut or modified. No serial number on the left, rear end of the barrel.

There is one barrel band with screw retainer in a location to suggest a rear barrel band. The trigger, trigger guard and bow appear to be original (look just like my 50 cal rifles. Butt plate has seen use, but appears to be original with the stock.

The stock has been cut down about a foot. No ramrod but does have the channel. The side of the stock does not show any markings nor any behind the trigger bow. It appears the flats have had some serious sanding. The bolt inserts seem to be type found on 50 cal rifles, but may not have been exempt from sanding. Also, the lock plate inlet is deep as for a CW lock plate.

All this said, the lock plate,receiver and hammer are all from a 45-70. There is no serial number on the back of the receiver - does not appear to have ever been one in that location. The breach block has stamped "1873", crossed arrows and eagle head and has the high arch. The breach lock lever is from a 50 cal. It rubs against the side of the breach block, but does lock up. The cam may also be from a 50. It does appear to lock up correctly. No apparent slop or gaps.

The barrel is mounted into the receiver. Seems to fit. Son-in-law said he put a dummy round in, seemed to load and eject correctly.

Another item. The lock plate sits in the inlet at an angle that lets the hammer align with the firing pin.

He did not have time today to take it out of the stock. Would be curious if there are other marking on the barrel hidden under the stock, and if there is other than smooth inletting in the rear part of the bottom of the stock.

One last thing - will a 50 cal barrel fit into a 45-70 receiver?

Thanks for your thoughts -

David


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