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« on: July 17, 2018, 10:17:22 pm »


Santa FedEx brought me a replacement for the Martini earlier today.  It is an 1884 Springfield Tradoor, 45-70 (of course!) rifle, s/n 498xxx, manufactured in 1890.  Overall, it is in "Very Good" condition, traces of case hardening on lock, though the end of the cleaning rod is pretty badly pitted.  Could be a junker rod used to replace one that was missing. There is no visible cartouche on the stock.  No unit markings, either.  Bore is very nice, no pitting or darkening.  Punched a dry patch thru the bore, came out clean.

Very pleased.

Will try to get some pix tomorrow.
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« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2018, 11:11:08 pm »

Look forward to some photos, Dave!

Too bad your Martini was so unfriendly to you ... it perhaps resented being used by an "American" ... Roll Eyes

That .45-70 "pipsqueak" of a cartridge will likely be easier on your shoulder than the British .577 and/or .577/.450 cartridges ... both of which, in full military loadings, certainly do have a bit of a tendency toward "killing on both ends" -

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« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2018, 05:20:05 pm »

As promised:


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« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2018, 05:21:57 pm »

A couple more:
In the top picture, the white spot in front of the rear band is just a weird light reflection.  I know it looks like a nail, or something...


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« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2018, 05:30:42 pm »

Looks good, Guns!
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« Reply #5 on: July 18, 2018, 05:33:21 pm »

Two more.  In the bottom one, you can see how badly the ramrod is pitted.


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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2018, 06:22:35 pm »

Yep, I'd say for sure it does not match the rest of the gun.  Good place for a lot of odd ramrods, and some not so odd:

http://stores.butchsantiquegunparts.com/
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« Reply #7 on: July 18, 2018, 07:30:44 pm »

You may have noticed that the lower sling keeper is missing.  Dave Carrico's shop is just a few miles down the road from me, so I may give him a visit.
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« Reply #8 on: July 18, 2018, 09:57:43 pm »

You might check www.trapdoorcollector.com.

Al Frasca has lots of parts for trapdoors and has a good offering of ram rods.

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« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2018, 05:09:01 am »

You may have noticed that the lower sling keeper is missing.  Dave Carrico's shop is just a few miles down the road from me, so I may give him a visit.

Guns I have a spare if you want it.
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« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2018, 08:31:55 pm »

Very nice.

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