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Re Re No cartouche
Posted by Tony Beck on Monday, 11 January 2021, at 8:32 a.m., in response to Re No cartouche, posted by Dick Hosmer on Monday, 11 January 2021, at 3:20 a.m.
Just to amplify on Dicks comments. The usual reason for no cartouche is that the stock has been heavily sanded at some point in the past. The M1866, 68 and 70 models for the most part used reworked Civil War musket stocks, which have flats around the lock and on the opposite side from the lock. It was very common in the 1870s and 80s to round those off to make early models look like the later 45-70s, which would remove the cartouches. It was also common to sand stocks in an effort to refinish them, sometimes rather aggressively. The cartouches may be hidden by a buildup of grime, in which case a CAREFUL cleaning will reveal them. Replacement stocks are not uncommon as the long wrist musket stocks tended to break through the wrist area. A replacement stock should have the stock inspectors initials, and on later rifles the Box L stamp, at the back of the trigger plate, even though the cartouches opposite the lock are missing.
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