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    I think it was kind of neat to find it. Sitting Bull is buried about a mile from my house and I live 100 miles from Ft. Lincoln so at least it's back in it's rightfull territory.

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    Great find and with correct type stock. Is the stock cartouche still visible? I have #35616, Ray

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    Nope, it's worn away. Even my great imagination couldn't make it appear at all.

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    I finally remembered to check the rear sight out a little closer and it is unmarked. I also figured out the hammer is the right one and the thicker breech block face didn't happen until after #30,000 so the breach block is correct. There is nothing on this carbine that isn't correct although like I said I'm sure the breech block is not original. I very happy with this one.

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    The hammer is earlier via the course cut cross hatching. Mine is the same. Should be finer cut. Maybe arsenal using up old stock in production...
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    I think the hammers we have are correct. The M66, M68, M68, and M70 all had a stamped pattern on the tip and the Type I course, almost hand filed looking hammer came on the M73 and then the stamped pattern on the Type II and Type III, correct? I think the hammers were filed or cut by hand and that's why the diamond spacing and size varies some. I've seen a couple of early M73 rifles(60,000 t0 70,000)and they had the Type II hammer. I thought the course hammer was because the cavalry wore gloves and the hammer would grip the leather better. That's just my .02.

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    Nice find... enjoy her!!

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    I have been checking and I think the saddle ring bar is the newer thicker one.

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    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 OTHER than V & P on TD barrels. It also is listed in my book "More .45-70s . . .". While all parts (with the the exception of the sling ring and bar) appear to be period correct, it may be a reassembly, since it shows NO crud in the nooks and crannies. That said, for $1850, you STOLE it!! Great find - enjoy.


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    Thanks Richard, I appreciate your knowledge. Glad your feeling better. Oh, the front sight blade is from a rifle and I just ordered your book from Amazon.
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