trapdoor gurus please read
I have a US Springfield rifle model 1878 with the date 1886 stamped on the stock.
The story is that it was won in a sales contest by my great grandfather as a recent surplus military unit (year unknown). He was not a gun guy so he put it into the attic where it remained until about 2 years ago when I moved it to a less humid location. I have been told that it was has not been fired cense it left the armory I have searched the internet and now know mostly what it is but I still have some questions about it.
After looking at several pictures of these on the net I can say that the stock is in excellent condition with only a very few minor flaws, all the stampings are in the proper place and are distinct. After looking at pictures of others I think that this stock is the best I have seen. The finish is dirty but seems to also be in excellent condition. The bore has some minor rust but seems to be in excellent condition.
The down side is the outside has rust allover with minor pitting except the cover plate on the right side that has some heaver pitting and one rivet head is missing.
What should I do to preserve it? Iím sure I need to do something to stop the rust but what? Should I,or someone else try to remove the rust? What to use to clean the stock?
What might I expect to pay to have this done? Is there any expert gunsmiths out there specializing in trapdoors?
If any one wants to take a shot at what itís worth Iíd appreciate it
When did Uncle Sam surplus these?
My rifle has a single blade front sight. I have seen few pictures with round sight or a sight guard? Different model?
I have not found any service records on this but maybe some of you have access to better records than me itís s/n 355619