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Re Re Re That strange Long-range
Posted by Albert Frasca on Saturday, 8 January 2022, at 9:41 p.m., in response to Re Re That strange Long-range, posted by FrankD on Thursday, 6 January 2022, at 5:55 p.m.
Frank, after very long and careful study of the barrel and all of the parts, we concluded the barrel is one of the test barrels for use in the Marksman rifle. Two of these barrels are known This one and the one shown on page 217 of the Newsletters. The one in the newsletters was not finished, but this one is finished. The original design for the Marksmans rifle was a heavily engraved Model 1880 Triangular Rod Rifle. This stock is a standard rifle stock that is cartouched and has a firing proof. The SWP1880 cartouche has the S and W double stamped. The rear tang sight was made at Springfield and has hand made ticks on the side and along the eye piece for windage correction. The knurling on the eye piece is uneven from side to side. The recess in the stock was done using a milling machine device. The sight is mounted with trigger plate screws. The barrel does not have a vpeaglep. The front sight appears a little taller that an M79. I have to check the sides and back of the base for screw marks since there may have been a bubble front sight attachment like the Marksman rifle. The rear sight has one of the very small screws found on the long range rifles and one stand slotted rear sight screw. The rifling is six lands and grooves gain twist with the sides of the rifling canted and polished and the surface of the lands is canted to better grip the bullet. The polishing is mirror quality. You have to use a light in the chamber and a magnifying glass in order to make the rifling big enough to clearly see. The glare from all the polished surfaces makes it very hard to see.
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