M1868 Questions

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M1868 Questions

Post by Tom in Pittsburgh » Wed Aug 11, 2010 6:19 pm

Hello, Folks,

Couple of questions relative to a decent old M1868 Trapdoor (block dated 1869, 1863 lockplate):

Significance (if any) of a small "x" stamp on the breech end of the barrel, and of some nice stock markings. There numeral "48" is stamped on the left side of the buttstock, and there is a matching "48" poorly stamped into the buttplate tang.

Also wondering why my apparently correct cleaning rod doesn't fit right. It seems to be too thick right under the shoulder, and won't clear the front swivel -- which also appears to be correct.

Some images attached.

Thanks.

Tom

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Re: M1868 Questions

Post by 13Echo » Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:40 pm

Try asking your questions on the Trapdoor Collectors site at

http://www.trapdoorcollector.com/

Mr Hosmer, the man that wrote the book on Springfield 50 caliber rifles, is on the site.

Jerry Liles

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Re: M1868 Questions

Post by sgabrie854 » Wed May 04, 2011 8:52 am

The "A" and the 12 and 48 are just Unit and rack location numbers. Something like A Company rifle 12 or 48. The 12 was probably added later since the 48 was stamped? who knows.

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Re: M1868 Questions

Post by sgabrie854 » Wed May 04, 2011 8:54 am

O and your cleaning rod hole is probably packed with dirt. Reomve the action from the stock and the trigger guard you will see a large hole in thefront area under the trigger guard, blow this out and see what happens.

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