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1873 relic found in state park
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January 14, 2015 - 8:20 pm
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There isnt much to the story but I thought I would share.  Some state archaeologists found an 1873 rifle leaning in a cedar tree on Great Basin National Park, Nevada.  It looks like its been there a while, and likely a good example of what a “relic” should look like.  

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  http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/01/14/can-you-spot-the-remarkable-132-year-old-discovery-in-this-photo/

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Remarkable story.  Lots of possible speculation as to what happened to the fellow who left it there.

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January 14, 2015 - 8:46 pm
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I wish they would of said if it was loaded and with what kind of loads, that would somewhat date when it  was left.

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I read today it was ‘unloaded’…true or not I have no idea.

I recently passed on a slightly better Model 1873(had better wood)….ruff ruff…had no bore to speak of(.38WCF)…supposedly ‘discovered in the wall of a building in New Mexico. 

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A friend of my fathers owns a pawn shop and a guy brought in what was supposedly a found 73 in a hay field buried slightly underground. Whether he did or not I truly don’t know for sure. But looking and the condition of the gun I believe the story. Dad cleaned it up and got it into firing condition. Its a 3rd model in 38-40. I’ll have to post a pic of it sometime. It is heavily pitted exterior, rough dry rotten type wood. I remember dad cleaning out the barrel. The gun must of had an additional 2-3 pounds of dirt dabbers nests from one end of the barrel to the other. The action was completely froze up. I kinda wonder know if the gun would be worth more froze up than if he had cleaned and gotten it shooting. One of the roughest bores I have ever seen, but you can still hit a pie plate @ 25 yards with it. I used to use it in SASS for a little while, most just for amusement. I would get some looks with it for sure. 

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Just figured I’d add this little update about this gun I came across. Others may of already come across it, but figured I’d update this page anyway.

It is neat that they were able narrow down the year range between 1887-1911 using the cartridge found in the buttstock. 

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Radiograph-showing-cartridge.jpg

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/WInchester-cartridge-found-in-stock.jpg

Here is the article page that I found this own. Funny how this hasn’t gotten any additional major news coverage. I guess all the other Gun Issues supersede.

http://www.thehistoryblog.com/archives/37574

Supposedly a friend of a friend found a confederate $5 dollar bill in the butt-stock of his Henry Rifle that was worth a decent amount of money. 

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Fabulous!  Thanks for the update.

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It still doesn’t narrow down when it was put there since the bullet could of been stuck in the stock years before. I know I  have found things stuffed in the cleaning rod hole and they weren’t put there yesterday.

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