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Questions after receiving 1873 letter
January 2, 2021
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steve004 said
For the rifle under discussion, it sounds like we're back to either an error in reading the ledger or in the ledger itself as the very topic candidates for an explanation.  

I agree.

January 3, 2021
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   There is always the chance that the letter may be correct. This rifle is a long way from "mint",  and its not hard to blend the bottom tang to frame 

   joint on an old gun.  The hardest part is the front of tang joint area.    May have been done 100 years ago.  I still think that out there somewhere

   there is an old 1873 in  44WCF with no Bottom Tang.       

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January 4, 2021
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Eric Ryan said
   There is always the chance that the letter may be correct.

                              Eric  

I highly doubt it.  The receiver is not a 44 WCF receiver.

January 4, 2021
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Aaron,

It might be interesting to pull the stock and see if there are any markings on the left side of the lower tang. Some guns have assemble numbers there.

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So I got a reply after they double checked. The serial number was correct and there weren't any mistakes in the letter. Looks like the lower tang must have been switched out at some point.

 

Thank you for reaching out. Have you checked to be sure the correct serial number was submitted for the letter? That is always my first question.

I have re-checked the records and serial number 308xxx is clearly recorded as a 44 caliber in the records. The record for this serial number does not include any repair and return orders, any returns after about 1915 did not make it into the ledgers.

Let me know if you have any other questions.

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Jesi Bennett

January 18, 2021
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Pull the stock and look for assembly numbers.

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