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by Dick Hosmer
Sat Jun 15, 2019 3:35 pm
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: Custer's rolling block rifle
Replies: 4
Views: 301

Re: Custer's rolling block rifle

Pictures would help immensely. Two barrel bands or three?

For all we know at this point, it may not even be U.S.

I believe that ANY supposed connection with GAC is WILDLY suppositional.
by Dick Hosmer
Wed Jun 12, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: Rear sight base orientation
Replies: 3
Views: 247

Rear sight base orientation

Something has puzzled me for a long time, and that is: Why (and do bear in mind this is coming from the viewpoint of a Springfield collector) does the high end of the ramp occur at the rear on most (all?) military rolling blocks? Actually it's not so much the ramps, but the fact that the 'profiled/m...
by Dick Hosmer
Wed May 29, 2019 7:31 pm
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: 1899 remington lee sporting rifle ????
Replies: 8
Views: 711

Re: 1899 remington lee sporting rifle ????

Even though it has been around the block several times, I surely would NOT put a scope on it - at least one that required extra holes. Guns of that vintage RARELY used scopes, and once you've messed up the receiver, you (or a future owner) could never go back. Yes, it's YOUR gun, I get that. What ab...
by Dick Hosmer
Wed May 08, 2019 8:05 am
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: My "New" Toy
Replies: 2
Views: 356

Re: My "New" Toy

To say nothing of the fact that Bubba hasn't been at the screws!!
by Dick Hosmer
Tue Mar 26, 2019 7:26 pm
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: Springfield/Remington 1870 Rolling Block Carbine
Replies: 5
Views: 680

Re: Springfield/Remington 1870 Rolling Block Carbine

Can't deny the title caught my eye! Sadly, it is not - as has been pointed out - the GREAT rarity, of which something less than ten are known to exist. So, the search continues. My buying days are basically over, but that is one of the VERY few guns I would seriously consider, especially if I could ...
by Dick Hosmer
Mon Mar 18, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: 1871 new york militia rolling block????
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: 1871 new york militia rolling block????

Actually (as a dedicated Springfield collector) I've never operated an NYS roller either! But, the identical action IS used on the 1871 Springfield/Remington "Army" rifle, also in .50-70. SA made, or assembled, or modified a number of different versions of the rolling block during the 1867-1872 peri...
by Dick Hosmer
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:36 pm
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: 1871 new york militia rolling block????
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: 1871 new york militia rolling block????

Yes, the action you just described is exactly correct.
by Dick Hosmer
Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: 1871 new york militia rolling block????
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: 1871 new york militia rolling block????

Yes, my comment WAS about angels dancing on pinheads - no argument there - but, the hammer doesn't go to half-cock on the instant of moving the block; it only goes to half-cock when the block has cleared the front of the hammer. Yes, that is an exercise in semantics, and yes, I AM being VERY VERY li...
by Dick Hosmer
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:40 pm
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: 1871 new york militia rolling block????
Replies: 19
Views: 1163

Re: 1871 new york militia rolling block????

Very nice rifle! I hate to keep bringing this up, but the locking-action hammer does NOT "drop to half-cock". It IS released so as to bear against, and drag on, the block, requiring the hammer to be re-cocked before shooting, but it does not fall into the half-cock notch. The EFFECT is basically the...
by Dick Hosmer
Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: New Guy and SURPRISE! I have a "ID my RB" question
Replies: 18
Views: 1393

Re: New Guy and SURPRISE! I have a "ID my RB" question

Aha, now that we can FINALLY see the whole thing, the crystal ball clears a bit. I wondered why the tip fit so poorly. It is because the rifle was cut down, at some time, by "Bubba", who also left his trademark goofy front sight and wrench/vise marks on the barrel. The NYS arms were either three-ban...
by Dick Hosmer
Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: Request info on 1899 Rem Lee Sporter
Replies: 3
Views: 1024

Re: Request info on 1899 Rem Lee Sporter

Thanks, Gene!

Wish I'd known that before I parted with the gun - but it went in part of the cash/trade deal which brought me my "Type 2" (Sharps-sighted) Springfield Long Range rifle in .45-80, one of the seven known of the 24 produced in 1881, so I really cannot squawk too much.
by Dick Hosmer
Thu Sep 20, 2018 9:44 am
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: Request info on 1899 Rem Lee Sporter
Replies: 3
Views: 1024

Re: Request info on 1899 Rem Lee Sporter

I used to have a similar (less ornate) rifle, marked ".236" on the bottom of the barrel, just ahead of the forend. I was never sure of the caliber as there are three possibilities: 6m/m Navy rimmed, 6m/m Navy rimless, and .236 Remington. The latter is a VERY rare rimmed cartridge, shorter and fatter...
by Dick Hosmer
Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: Trying to reconstruct a 1870 Springfield Trials Carbine
Replies: 9
Views: 1747

Re: Trying to reconstruct a 1870 Springfield Trials Carbine

I'll work on it, but it could easily take months! :lol:
by Dick Hosmer
Thu Mar 08, 2018 4:47 pm
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: Trying to reconstruct a 1870 Springfield Trials Carbine
Replies: 9
Views: 1747

Re: Trying to reconstruct a 1870 Springfield Trials Carbine

Ed, I do not think so (though I'm sure that what you stated also occurred). While, at the time, I was basically "aware" of the four Trials carbines, I did not know just how rare the Remingtons and Sharps versions were/are, but I particularly recall wording to the effect that what they were offering ...
by Dick Hosmer
Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:29 am
Forum: RR / Pre -1899
Topic: Trying to reconstruct a 1870 Springfield Trials Carbine
Replies: 9
Views: 1747

Re: Trying to reconstruct a 1870 Springfield Trials Carbine

WAAAAY back in the day (1980s?) someone, quite possibly S&S, advertised the proper forends. Don't know how many they had but it cannot have been a hot mover - maybe they still have one or two in some nook or cranny? On a similar front, I'm working VERY slowly on one of the 28" barrel M1882 Trapdoor ...