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Old 08-10-2011, 01:19 AM   #11
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Scubie,

Nice Rifle!

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Old 08-10-2011, 01:28 AM   #12
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I took 2 pics Of the cleaning rod, if its not the right spot let me know......... The serial number is 29531 and on yours where it says the date i can see where it says us then maybe model under that but no date on mine. Im sure it was there at one time but mine isnt as nice as yours.
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Scubie is skilled in this field since he collects a few! I agree with him from what I can see it is a US Springfield 1873 Rifle in 45-70. As they have advised if you do shoot it I would recomend remote for the first few times. Make sure the bore is fairly good and free of obstructions and "Only" use Black Powder Cartridges not modern ammunition. Best to get with Scubie or someone that knows alot more than I do about shooting the trap doors and where to get the cartridges. She is an old one.
Noticed there might be some pins missing on the Side Lock Plates you will need to ask Scubie or one of the other guys here regarding that. A little rough but nice old piece.
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Sounds good. I appteciate all your help. I got all the answeres i was looking for. Ill ask scubie if its safe to shoot missing that pin. Its not a must to shoot it but it would be nice! : ) Thanks again
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Just curious, in the condition its in, what would you put the value at? Im not looking to sell it or anything, i just always like to kmow what my firearms are worth.
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You got yourself a fine rifle....

The Springfield Trapdoors started their lives as the 1861 Springfield Rifled Musket that was used heavily by the North during the American Civil War.

after a few years and the development of the contained cartridge, a guy got the great idea to just take existing military weapons and convert them rather than buy new ones.

They cut the breech and added the trap door and voila...a trapdoor springfield.....

yours is most likely chambered in .45-70 government. a .45 caliber round with 70 grains of powder behind it (big slow round, lots of punch)

ENJOY!
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Well thank you. I appreciate the info. I wasnt aware of any of that. I think the history of weapons is very interesting!
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Bottom line you have a fine old rifle with a lot of history! I would love historic weapons like the one you have. And wow, to hear the story of it's history if it could only talk!

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I use a 45-70 case and .457 round lead ball thumbed in the case over a charge of 23gr of Pyrodex Pistol P (My 1860 .44 cap & ball load)this should be pretty accurate in your old gun and not unduley stress the old relic and still have plenty of Ommpfh to take dog size critters at 50 yards. works great in My Navy Arms 45-70 Remington Rolling Block
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value of yours is $350 to $600 most likely. hard to place value with out hands on. Value changes in different parts of the USA
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