U.S. Model 1868 Breechloading Rifle,
.50-70 Government, 32-1/2" barrel,
walnut stock, 1863 dated lock plate, 1869 dated breech block
Part Number: AAS-548
Availability: In Stock
Price: $1,499.00
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The U.S. Model 1868 Breech Loading rifles were a continuation of the process designed by Erskin S. Allin to convert muzzleloading firearms to centerfire cartridge rifles. The 1868 Model model features a shorter barrel, only two barrel bands, a riveted thumbpiece rather than screwed, as well as some other minor improvements over the Model 1866 Allin conversion.

Converted from a Model 1863 Springfield muzzleloader the process to bore the muzzleloading barrel then, line, rifle, and chamber to accept the .50 centerfire, or .50-70 Government cartridge was approved by the procurement board, but it is noted that most 1868 rifles had barrels rolled from steel blanks rather than lining. The barrel is 32-1/2" from the muzzle to the front of the action. The barrels were issued armoury bright, and this barrel has aged to gray with scattered brown speckles. The bore is rifled with three lands and grooves with a 1 in 42" rate of twist. The bore has a frosted appearance with some scattered dark pitting visible. The barrel is fitted with a folding leaf sight that used the original 1863 Springfield base with a taller ladder calibrated to 900 yards.

The stock was sanded long ago, and the cartouche marks are no longer visible. The wood has scattered handling marks from 150+ years of handling. The rounded buttplate comb is stamped U.S.. The breech block is stamped 1869 over a upraised eagle's head over crossed arrows and U.S.. The barrel is mounted with two barrel bands secured with band springs. The bands are mounted with small U stamp positioned with the open end toward the muzzle. The forward sling swivel is mounted to the forward band. All of the iron furniture, lock, and barrel have a gray with speckled brown patina. The rounded toe shows has small dents and dings. The triggerguard is secured with screws. The sling swivels are mounted to the front bow of the triggerguard and forward barrel band. The cleaning rod is original with shoulder to secure it in the ramrod channel.

The 1863 Springfield lock was has aged to a speckled gray brown appearance. The lock plate is marked with a 1863 manufacture date at the tail. The front of the plate is stamped with a eagle and U.S. over Springfield. This lock functions very well with a strong mainspring, and secure half cock notch. The breech and action are marked with a matching 30, xxx serial number.

A good serviceable example of this early U.S. black powder cartridge infantry rifle. Order it for a ten day visual inspection. You will be delighted. Else if it does not fit you, return it in unfired condition for same-day refund. Postage is your only risk, when you order any one-of-a-kind gun from Track, whether new, used, or antique.

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