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    "Collector" is a description,not a qualification....

    "Collector" is a description,not a qualification. And the "collector" who advised you does not appear to be an expert, but is in fact disqualified as such by the statement that a 1915 DWM would not...
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    Sources: "Sharps Firearms" - Frank Sellers....

    Sources:
    "Sharps Firearms" - Frank Sellers.
    P.84 shows a New Model 1863 Carbine. Serial No. C29105. No patchbox. But no info on a changeover date.

    "Civil War Sharps Carbines & Rifles" - Coates &...
  3. I know the feeling: „It‘s all there - the...

    I know the feeling:

    „It‘s all there - the trick is to find it!“
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    There is a misprint! It is obviously supposed...

    There is a misprint!

    It is obviously supposed to list the markings, going round clockwise, taking the manufacturing code as 0 degrees.
    So the sequence should be 0, 90, 180, 270 (not 240).
    Check:...
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    There is an old expression "pulling up the plant...

    There is an old expression "pulling up the plant to see how the roots are growing."

    Not a good idea for plants - or for perfectly functioning machinery!
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    Look very carefully at the C of MMMC. I cannot...

    Look very carefully at the C of MMMC. I cannot find anything Brazilian with PMMC

    BUT

    Could it be a "G"? The bottom right corner seems somewhat more squared off than the corresponding corner on...
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    The very detailed description I had in mind seems...

    The very detailed description I had in mind seems to have vanished from the web. But all you have to do is search for "PU scope" and you will find plenty of contributions - even a YouTube video.
    ...
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    ... which sounds ghastly, but may actually have...

    ... which sounds ghastly, but may actually have preserved the wood very well underneath!

    - Search for "treacle rifle" for examples of the before and after states of painted rifles.

    Eagerly...
  9. Someone didn't like that rifle, and had a go at...

    Someone didn't like that rifle, and had a go at it with a sword or bayonet - an axe has a greater wedge effect, and would have removed chips between the cuts.

    The cuts are parallel and close,...
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    Barrels being reworked and then added to the...

    Barrels being reworked and then added to the stockpile on the assembly line sometime later?
    Yes. it's a theoretical possibility. Although I imagine that the barrel would only have been stamped if it...
  11. "...for 130 years old I consider it amazing." ...

    "...for 130 years old I consider it amazing."

    Very true. A "top Trap" indeed!
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    GSM44, I am sorry if you found my post unhelpful....

    GSM44, I am sorry if you found my post unhelpful.

    I was just trying to illustrate that any correlation between receiver numbers and barrel dates is of a statistical nature, not a rigid rule. The...
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    I am an optimist when it comes to old rifles. But...

    I am an optimist when it comes to old rifles. But even my optimism has its limits. I think I'd give that one a miss.
  14. "Slightly more recoil" is the clue. Similar to...

    "Slightly more recoil" is the clue. Similar to handguns (where it is more noticeable). While the bullet is travelling down the barrel, the barrel is pivoting upwards, as the axis of the recoil force...
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    So there I am, it's 1918 and I'm screwing barrels...

    So there I am, it's 1918 and I'm screwing barrels into receivers just as fast as I can. There's a war on, don't cha know?

    So I grab the next one out of the stack and fit it just as fast as the...
  16. It's not Haneka - it's HAWEKA. The 3rd letter is...

    It's not Haneka - it's HAWEKA. The 3rd letter is a W, not a curly N!

    Search for Haweka Zielfernrohr!
  17. I have seen this “style” of damage several times,...

    I have seen this “style” of damage several times, and regret to have to say that those scars look like the result of a barrel with a rusted front end being scoured out by a wire brush rotated in a...
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    Not everybody knows that...

    There was a series of books written by Hans Helmut Kirst around a WW1 soldier, using the nickname 08/15.
    The title of the novel "Gunner Asch goes to War" is, in the original "08/15 im Krieg".

    To...
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    Well you don't have to look far!

    This photo - Post #3 in the thread:

    https://www.milsurps.com/showthread.php?t=42632

    shows the presumed T-Gewehr heavy bipod on a 08/15. This supports the conclusion that they were simply...
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    As far as I can tell from the book, the users...

    As far as I can tell from the book, the users just dumped the heavy original and used the 08/15 bipod without any alteration - hence my use of the term “plug-in replacement”. It happened in the...
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    The rivetted bipod is from the MG 08/15

    According to the book "Das Tankgewehr Mauser M 1918" by Wolfgang Kern (ISBN 3-933481-06-6), the bipod in Jim's 1st foto is an original Tankgewehr bipod, made from solid material - and very heavy....
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    The rivetted bipod is from the MG 08/15

    According to the book "Das Tankgewehr Mauser M 1918" by Wolfgang Kern (ISBN 3-933481-06-6), the bipod in Jim's 1st foto is an original Tankgewehr bipod, made from solid material. There are probably...
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    Paint not original. Metal - maybe???

    Look closely at the 4th foto. One can see a screw head with a burred slot. The paint is intact on top of the burred metal. The burring action would have produced blank metal at this point.

    I...
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    Well done! That'll do to get it going. Now lets...

    Well done! That'll do to get it going. Now lets see some shooting! OK, I realize that it'll take a while to manufacture some cartridges.:D
  25. 200$ plus - A bit expensive as a paperweight! ...

    200$ plus - A bit expensive as a paperweight!

    Possible sequence: Bubba takes rifle of dubious origin and makes a really “hot” load. Cartridge case disintegrates in chamber, thus jamming extractor....
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