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    1873 springfield

    I recently picked up another trapdoor springfield. This one is an 1873 model made in 1884. It was in very nice untouched condition but must have come out of long term closet storage and had some light surface rust in places. After disassembly I found the fireing pin was shattered in three pieces which may have contributed to its lack of use. The bore is excellent and should shoot great once I get a chance to make it to the range. If anyone has access to the springfield research services could you please check serial number 267432


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cetme24 View Post
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    SRS #1 has nothing even close. As for posting your pics...see PM for an email. Send them to me and I'll post them for you.
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    bore looks good in the one pic. I have noticed that often times the rifling on these old rifles looks weak, and sometimes the bore looks depressingly pitted or grungy. If the rifle was well used with soft 20:1 or higher alloy bullets (as should be the case), there is a nice film of lead covering the bore which accounts for the grunginess or pitting. Use pure copper wool to scrub and you will see deep rifling, and mirror bright bore underneath once the lead coating is removed.

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    I was very impressed with the bore on this one. It just had a little grime that was removed with a couple quick passes of the brush. It’s as shiny as a brand new rifle. Thanks for checking on the serial and I will try again later with the pics.

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    I’m done nothing is working. I can’t even go back and try to edit the posts now. Thanks

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    I do see the first picture of the bore. Several close in SRS book 2. SC militia in 1898 Close however means nothing.

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