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.577 Snider Enfield
June 12, 2011
2:16 pm
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rwsem
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I just picked up a 577 Snider-Enfield over here.  1867 receiver, 1871 Lockset, a stock stamp that reads 1st P.I and the number 488 on one side and wears both an Enfield War Department and 1885 Firozpur Arsenal Cartouche.  All the wood is present and in solid shape.  As a bonus I also have the cleaning rod.  But what tips the scale is that I've already disassembled it (of course) and all the parts are (I KNOW) in fantastic shape.  No hand-made Afghan issues at all.  The cartouches are a bonus too.  Now I need to buy a Lee Classic Cast press to handle the oversize dies I'll buy shortly.  Of course brass is a bit pricey too, but I can make some from 24 gauge brass shotshells in the interim.  Pardon the poor photos…

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June 12, 2011
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Very nice.  I'm not an old gun nut so here goes the question.  Was that gun used in any wars or battles, if so what ones?  A friend of mine has a Enfield .303 British, and he also has a gun with a firing pin similar to the pic you show.

Happyness is a Hot DW and a pile of used brass!!! Rich

June 12, 2011
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Very nice purchase, looks to be in good shape for it's age.

June 12, 2011
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Mox, good question.  I would say the answer is probable, given the War Department markings and the involvement of the British Empire all over the world.  I wish there were a way to track down the unit/ stock marks but I don't believe there is. 

Possible use could have been in the Second Anglo-Afghan War 1878-80, Third Anglo-Burmese War 1885, or any one of several other British actions from Japan to Africa. 

The only thing I'm certain is the rifle was in India in 1885 based on the Firozpur (Punjab, India) Arsenal cartouche.

It's just plain neat to disassemble and clean a rifle that some other Soldier cleaned 140 years ago.

Best Regards,

Ron

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June 13, 2011
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Way to go!occasion It seems to be in pretty darn good condition, other than a few abused screw heads. That one just has COOL written all over it.cool

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June 14, 2011
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Cool find!

 
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