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  1. We need to see pictures! "Model 1870" would NOT...

    We need to see pictures! "Model 1870" would NOT normally appear on a Model 1869 cadet rifle, which this seems to be.

    This is one of those truly frustrating threads. The original poster has,...
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    Thanks! The front base is correct, but the blade...

    Thanks! The front base is correct, but the blade may well be "adapted" - and the pin is clearly later than the base. Someone HAS done some work on the gun, there is no getting away from that, but...
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    Looks good to me. If you bought the gun real...

    Looks good to me. If you bought the gun real cheap you have money towards the sight All in all, the rifle sight is not a huge problem for a wall display. YOU know it's not right, but 98% of casual...
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    Many and sincere thanks to all of my "web...

    Many and sincere thanks to all of my "web friends" who have wished me well and followed my wife's posts. A special thank you to Tom Trevor for the play-by-play. It was NOT a pleasant experience but...
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    That carbine was logged (without comment or...

    That carbine was logged (without comment or provenance) in Al Frasca's "Trapdoor Newsletter" from a few years ago - which means it was part of an answer to a survey he sent out regarding letters...
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    Unfortunately, I cannot answer your question as...

    Unfortunately, I cannot answer your question as to what loading to use, but, whatever you do, I would NOT mark the sights! It will be easy enough to keep a notebook. It was intended that the lighter...
  7. Sorry, but the above post #14 is not entirely...

    Sorry, but the above post #14 is not entirely accurate. The only SA-made Cadet rifle with a short chamber was the scarce M1867 Navy rolling block. The other cadet models of 1867 and 1869, as well as...
  8. Paint - no question whatsoever! The only...

    Paint - no question whatsoever! The only "official" use of paint MAY have been on a very few carbines issued to Indian scouts, and even those "references" could be anecdotal/coincidental. If so, it...
  9. You'd want the M1901C sight, and the last...

    You'd want the M1901C sight, and the last handguard on the riight, BUT, as Jim pointed out, it's kind of a waste because the front sight will never be right.
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    I think the key is that the "final push" on a...

    I think the key is that the "final push" on a round varies. The first four are being "pushed" by a cartridge - which is not exactly the same shape as the follower. The fifth round is located solely...
  11. I THINK the fact that the chamber has been opened...

    I THINK the fact that the chamber has been opened would save you, since the piece could not be safely fired - but, you never know what some anti-gun weasel might come up with. Also, I'd imagine that...
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    And, I'd recommend NOT taking it off! There is no...

    And, I'd recommend NOT taking it off! There is no reason to do so (given the appearance of the rest of the gun the chance of the blade being "wrong" is minimal) and the barrel is easily scratched.
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    Everything in that photo appears perfectly...

    Everything in that photo appears perfectly correct for a carbine.
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    1899 receivers were only used on carbines, so the...

    1899 receivers were only used on carbines, so the odds are very much in your favor. As long as the barrel crown and front sight look right you should be OK.
  15. Am following this thread with some interest. I...

    Am following this thread with some interest. I used to have an 1899 sporter in SOME version of the 6mm round, It was in the 75000 range as well. I have Gene's book. My rifle was marked ".236", but it...
  16. No data found, but it looks 100% right/matching...

    No data found, but it looks 100% right/matching to me. Some evidence of poor storage, but a little TLC with 000 wool and oil, plus lemon oil for the stock, will make it look even better.
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    Very true. Warning - shameless plug: My nrw...

    Very true.

    Warning - shameless plug: My nrw book "More .45-70 Springfields 1873-1893 - The Uncommon, the Scarce and the Rare" will provide you with all that you need to know about what the real...
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    I once nearly broke my wrist lunging for the "Buy...

    I once nearly broke my wrist lunging for the "Buy it Now" button on a Krag with the forestock cut FLUSH to the lower band. There was one saving grace - barrel was noted as being 26" long . . . . . ....
  19. I doubt that it will close at where it is now....

    I doubt that it will close at where it is now. IMHO, you'd be safe up to at least $1500 or so. I'm not bidding, have too many already! :lol:
  20. Appear to be a very nice example of an 1896...

    Appear to be a very nice example of an 1896 Carbine, well worth the current price and quite a bit more - I see no "issues" and the metal finish is remakably uniform. However, the RR connection is...
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    Volume 1 has the most numbers of Krags, and...

    Volume 1 has the most numbers of Krags, and probably trapdoors, though one of the others (2?) has a lot of TDs. Frank was a Krag collector, and V1 represented his whole database up to then. Quantity...
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    Yes, beautiful BC!! Of all the things I regret...

    Yes, beautiful BC!! Of all the things I regret not doing, one of the big ones has to be not buying 5 sets of the SRS books! They are in GREAT demand, and fetch OBSCENE prices when offered. My...
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    Don't have my book at hand, but there are two...

    Don't have my book at hand, but there are two printings/versions of Vol. 4, 1995 and 1999, IIRC. "A" indicates a cadet rifle, of course.
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    I have fallen heir to the 9,000 card index file...

    I have fallen heir to the 9,000 card index file of Richard Branum, one of the premier "trapdoor" researchers of our generation. For those who might have known him, Dick is still alive at 91, and...
  25. Thread: new Krag!

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    Of course the school gun and the regular rifle...

    Of course the school gun and the regular rifle had the same swivel spacing - I put a Mills on mine to give it a 'tropical' flavor. A side note here is that there is some disagreement as to whether...
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