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Re: Chafee Reese - Magazine Rifle Trials
Reply #15 - Sep 22nd, 2019 at 9:40pm
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Wait.  Now it makes sense.
The release lever must have been gummed up with 135 years of gunk.  Now that it’s loosened up, the lever is easy to lift with just a fingernail and the bolt is a breeze to disassemble. 

Hopefully someone, one day, will thank me for writing this down  Roll Eyes
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Re: Chafee Reese - Magazine Rifle Trials
Reply #16 - Sep 23rd, 2019 at 3:41pm
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Thank You!

Maybe you should make a assembly/disassembly YouTube video.

Here's a SPRINGFIELD MODEL 1882 CHAFFE-REECE 45-70 that a local gun shop has for sale on Gun Broker:

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Re: Chafee Reese - Magazine Rifle Trials
Reply #17 - Sep 23rd, 2019 at 4:34pm
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Hmm, probably won't do a video but a couple pictures wouldn't be a bad idea.  I think I'll do that.  Good idea!

And thanks for the GunBroker link.  Nice to know I'll be underpricing at least one other seller!  I'm thinking I'll list it at $3,000 to start.
  
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Re: Chafee Reese - Magazine Rifle Trials
Reply #18 - Sep 29th, 2019 at 5:39pm
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Sorry for the delay.  I tested the magazine with a couple of snap caps.  It works quite well though I can see it jamming pretty easy.  Still, a very neat mechanism from a design standpoint.

Here's some pics of the bolt disassembly.

Step 1: Make sure the magazine disconnect is in the forward position.
Step 2: With a really thin blade screwdriver, get under this little lever.
Step 3: With the release lever in the upright position, the connector can be lifted up.
Step 4: With the connector lifted up, the extractor can be lifted off the bolt and out of the magazine bar.
Step 5: Withdraw the bolt from the rifle completely by holding the trigger down and pulling the bolt out.

That's all there is to it.  The Forgotten Weapons video on this firearm says he found some directions for disassembly and he referred to them as "scary."   Roll Eyes

The only thing even a little scary about this is the fact you're working on a $3,000 rifle...of which maybe only a few hundred exist.  Other than that, this is no more complicated than any other rifle.
  
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Reply #19 - Sep 29th, 2019 at 5:41pm
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Images attached.
  
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Re: Chafee Reese - Magazine Rifle Trials
Reply #20 - Sep 29th, 2019 at 7:42pm
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Good pics - apparently yours is OK internally - some aren't.

My cautions came from the late Bob Hill - who had forgotten more about such guns than I'll ever know. He said that, even if you have the instructions (which I do - think they are available on line) you really do NOT want to ever take one apart. Fortunately, mine is complete and in about 95% condition, beyond some loss of blacking on the receiver.

Unless you're in an absolute panic for the money, I'd start higher than $3,000. They are rare, even if slow movers, and the true value, even with some rust and pitting, should be more. Remember that you can ALWAYS take less.
  
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Re: Chafee Reese - Magazine Rifle Trials
Reply #21 - Sep 29th, 2019 at 7:55pm
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Dick,

I definitely don’t think I’d dive any deeper like taking the magazine out.  I can see that being scary!

I’ll take your advice on starting higher.  I agree it should bring a pretty hefty price.  I don’t want to brag about what I paid but it’s so disproportionate to the value that I don’t have to unload it super quickly.  If it has to sit for 6 months, that’ll be just fine.

I’ll definitely update everyone once it passes to the next caretaker.
  
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Re: Chafee Reese - Magazine Rifle Trials
Reply #22 - Sep 30th, 2019 at 7:41pm
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Book mailed today - I don't get by the PO as often as I should. Thanks!
  
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Reply #23 - Sep 30th, 2019 at 8:40pm
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Re: Chafee Reese - Magazine Rifle Trials
Reply #24 - Oct 9th, 2019 at 11:04pm
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Ryan - please email me.

richardahosmer@comcast.net

Thanks.

PLEASE IGNORE REQUEST - ISSUE RESOLVED

You're welcome to contact me anytime - but no longer needed now Smiley Smiley Smiley
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Reply #25 - Oct 10th, 2019 at 12:40am
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I was hoping you found me a buyer!  Wink
  
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Re: Chafee Reese - Magazine Rifle Trials
Reply #26 - Oct 10th, 2019 at 3:26am
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No, but I'd suggest you offer it on Al Frasca's site

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